Publications

Transport and Poverty in Scotland – Report of the Poverty and Inequality Commission

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published a report making recommendations to make transport more affordable and accountable for people on low incomes in Scotland.

Transport was identified as a priority for the Commission when it consulted on what issues it should focus on. A Commission working group reviewed existing evidence relating to transport and poverty, and worked with the Poverty Alliance, Oxfam and HUG to hold two workshops with people with lived experience of poverty to explore their experiences of transport and ideas for change.

The Commission has made thirteen recommendations covering issues including affordability, accountability, taking a rights-based approach to transport, involving communities in designing transport services and better meeting the needs of women and disabled travellers.

Download: Transport and Poverty in Scotland

The Poverty Alliance, working with Oxfam and HUG, organised and facilitated two workshops for the Commission with people with lived experience of poverty, which informed the Commission’s recommendations. Summaries from the two workshops are available below.

Download: Glasgow Transport Event 

Download: Lairg Transport Event

Poverty and Inequality Commission’s response to the Scottish Budget

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has analysed the extent to which the Scottish Budget tackles poverty and inequality. The Commission has looked at what is being spent in the Budget to tackle poverty and inequality; how effectively tax policy is being used to raise revenue to fund public services; and how evidence is used in the Budget to make decisions around tackling poverty and inequality.

Download: Poverty and Inequality Commission’s response to the Scottish Budget

Advice on addressing poverty during the school holidays – response from the Scottish Government

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government to its advice on poverty in school holidays.

Download: Advice on addressing poverty during the school holidays – response from the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s response does not go as far as the Commission had hoped in relation to some of key recommendations. In particular, we are disappointed not to see action on our recommendation to introduce an additional cash benefit during school holiday periods, or a commitment to make holiday club provision available to all children from low income families.

Nevertheless there are some encouraging actions and opportunities in the Scottish Government response. We would highlight:

  • work to trial use of the Young Scot card to access food during weekends and holidays
  • the potential to test cash payments in one or more local authorities
  • a commitment to explore further opportunities to use school buildings and other local authority resources for school holiday programmes
  • the expansion of the developing strategic framework on afterschool and holiday childcare to include other activities based programmes, not just childcare
  • a commitment that the Scottish Government Child Poverty Directors Group will look at school holiday provision across government

 The Commission will continue to raise the issues that children and families face during school holidays and monitor what progress is made in this area. 

What has happened since ‘Shifting the Curve’? Scrutiny of progress towards meeting the recommendations of the Independent Poverty and Inequality Advisor

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published a report that reviews progress on the fifteen recommendations made in “Shifting the Curve”, the first report by Naomi Eisenstadt in her role as the First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality.

Download the report: Shifting the Curve – monitoring progress report

 

 

 

Poverty and Inequality Commission advice on poverty in school holidays

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice today for the Scottish Government on addressing poverty during school holidays.

The Poverty and Inequality Commission was asked by the Scottish Government to consider whether there were actions in Every Child, Every Chance: The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022 that should be developed in tandem in order to maximise their effectiveness.  In particular the Commission was asked to consider the role of local authorities, social enterprise and the third sector in providing after school and holiday care and responding to school holiday insecurity.

Read morePoverty and Inequality Commission advice on poverty in school holidays

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