About

What we do

The Poverty and Inequality Commission was established from 1 July 2019. It is an advisory non-departmental public body which provides independent advice and scrutiny to Scottish Ministers on poverty and inequality. The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets out specific requirements for the Commission in relation to child poverty. These include Providing advice to Ministers ...

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How we work

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 Evidence-based Use evidence, from statistics and from people’s testimony, to inform, scrutinise and monitor progress Listening and accessible Be visible, accessible ...

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Who we are

Chair Bill Scott Bill has been at Inclusion Scotland for 12 years first as Policy & Parliamentary Officer, then as Acting CEO and currently as Senior Policy Advisor. Before joining the Voluntary Sector, in 1989, Bill worked in the Department of Employment, Unemployment Benefits. Bill has also previously worked as: a Senior Researcher for the ...

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Governance

The Commission was established as an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) from the 1st of July 2019 through the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017. The Child Poverty Act was amended by The Public Services Reform (Poverty and Inequality Commission) (Scotland) Order 2018 in order to expand the functions of the Commission to reflect those of ...

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Our working groups

The core Poverty and Inequality Commission represents a broad range of experience and knowledge, however in order to provide robust advice it may on occasion be necessary to draft in additional expertise. These groups will be formed to examine a particular issue or area of policy, it is anticipated that the number of working groups ...

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Freedom of information

The Poverty and Inequality Commission is committed to being open and transparent across all of our activities and will proactively share meeting minutes, research and other information on our website. The Commission was established as a public body on 1 July 2019 and is now subject to requests made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) ...

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Procurement and Contracts

Procurement is undertaken by Scottish Ministers on behalf of the Commission, in accordance with Scottish Government procurement policy. Details of the Scottish Government’s procurement policy can be found here  https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-public-finance-manual/procurement/procurement/. Contracts will be awarded through the Public Contacts Scotland website https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/ Details of any Invitations to Tender and any contracts awarded by the Scottish Government ...

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