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 the existing non-statutory Commission.

The Commission provides independent expert advice to Scottish Ministers and others. It does not employ staff or hold a budget. The Scottish Government makes resources available to the Commission, including a dedicated secretariat, to ensure the Commission is able to undertake its role. Its members are appointed by Scottish Ministers. The Commission is accountable to Ministers and through Ministers to Parliament.

A framework document, setting out the relationship between Ministers, the Scottish Government and the Commission, will be published here once it is available.

More information about advisory NDPBs can be found on the Scottish Government’s website



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