Reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland

Providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers on poverty and inequality; monitoring progress; and proposing solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in Scotland.

Poverty and Inequality Commission principles

The following principles set out how we will work as a Commission. We will be:

Courageous and honest

Say what is right, not what is easy.
Drive progress and change by providing constructive challenge.


Use evidence, from statistics and from people’s testimony, to inform, scrutinise and monitor progress.

Listening and accessible

Be visible, accessible and available.
Listen to those who wish to be heard, especially those with expertise and direct lived experience of poverty and inequality

Promoting dignity and respect

Tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with poverty


Speak up for and amplify the voices of people who are not often heard.


Keep people, their lives, their potential, and their individuality at the centre of what we do.

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