Unconditional government programmes such as universal child benefit work best to alleviate poverty, Newsroom says. They give parents the resources they need for their children and it unlocks them from the stress associated with scarcity. But under-resourcing people who are raising children, constrains them in multiple ways. Interventions that give parents more money – critically, money without the conditions traditionally attached to welfare support – improve outcomes in almost every area of a child’s life, including health, mental wellbeing, education, earning power, and involvement with police.