http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2075215,00.html Call me old fashioned but when I was a kid/teenager if I broke the rules I was punished. I was not bribed to be good, it was a simple social contract to behave by societies rules and you will not be punished. Simple really. Now Blair/Brown want to wase Tax payers money on giving kids between Â£12 to Â£25 per month (ontop of the Â£30 they get for staying in schools) When I was a youngster and needed money I went out and earned it - washing cars, gardening for neighbours, teaching people how to use a PC. The strong work ethic was installed in me. Now kids are just getting hand outs from a very early age. On the other hand, if a kid really need the money to get to school and live off then fine. But they should get the extra funds via our massive Social Security system.