Poverty and Inequality Commission – statement on the Child Poverty Delivery Plan

Responding to the publication today of the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan, Douglas Hamilton, Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission said,

“Poverty has a firm grip on Scotland. Low pay, high housing costs and insufficient benefits are locking families in a daily struggle to make ends meet. Without concerted action, more than a third of children will be living in poverty by 2030/2031.

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Child poverty pledges require bold action to redirect resources and address corporate welfare

This guest blog from Professor Stephen Sinclair, co-Director of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University, reflects on the step-change required to deliver the child poverty targets.

This blog post also appears on the Policy Scotland website http://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/blog-child-poverty-pledges-require-bold-action/

To meet its own ambitious child poverty goals, the Scottish Government must be politically courageous in focusing public services where they are most needed, and ensuring employers play their part.

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Reducing child poverty in Scotland: Reflecting on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

In order to inform its advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the Poverty and Inequality Commission asked Policy Scotland to review the Scottish Government’s existing work on child poverty to analyse the impact of the work so far and the extent to which it was likely to have a direct impact on the 2030 child poverty target measures. This blog from Evan Williams at Policy Scotland reflects on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017.

This blog was originally posted on the Policy Scotland website http://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/reflecting-child-poverty-strategy/

The success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and housing provision.

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Scotland’s chance to ensure every child can lead a decent life

Katie Schmuecker, member of the Poverty and Inequality Commission and Head of Policy at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, blogs on the Commission’s advice on how to loosen poverty’s grip on children and families in Scotland.

This blog post was originally published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation https://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/scotlands-chance-ensure-every-child-can-lead-decent-life

Scotland should be a place where every child gets a good start in life and can succeed. Poverty holds children back and hinders their progress, yet a quarter of children in Scotland currently experience poverty.

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