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TACKLING FOOD INSECURITY IN SCHOOLS: CASE STUDIES OF STRENGTHENING FREE SCHOOL MEAL PROVISION IN SCOTLAND
The Poverty and Inequality Commission commissioned the Scottish Poverty Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) to undertake research to further understand the role of free school meals as an anti-poverty action in Scotland and to identify and share good practice and learning around providing free school meals.
The findings of the report are published here.
Download: SPIRU Report Free School Meals
The Poverty and Inequality Commission was asked by Scottish Government to form the Addressing Low Income Policy Circle to develop proposals and recommendations to tackle and reduce poverty in Scotland for consideration by the Social Renewal Advisory Board and following this by Scottish Ministers. The Addressing Low Income Policy Circle submitted a report to the Social Renewal Advisory Board. Read the report here.
The Social Renewal Advisory Board report can be found here.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Strategic Plan which sets out the vision and priorities that will guide the Commission’s work up until 2023. The five priorities in the Strategic Plan describe what the Commission will focus on in advising, supporting and challenging partners to embed our shared commitment to addressing poverty and inequality and translate it into action.
Download: Strategic Plan
Poverty and Inequality Plan 2020-2023 Easy Read version (PDF)
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Biodiversity report for 2019-20. Under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, all public bodies in Scotland are under a statutory duty to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. Public bodies are required to report every three years on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission commissioned Poverty Alliance to co-produce guidance for how experts by experience should be involved in shaping and informing the Commission’s work. This guidance outlines how experts by experience want to be involved in decision making, highlights the importance of creating genuine channels of influence and also provides practical steps on how to achieve this.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s working group on responses to COVID-19 have published a briefing paper on the use of the Scottish Welfare Fund during COVID-19.
Download: Scottish Welfare Fund briefing
This report sets out the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s scrutiny of progress towards the child poverty targets during 2019-2020. It was prepared in order to inform the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan progress report. It sets out the Commission’s views on:
- the progress made during the reporting year towards meeting the child poverty targets
- whether it appears to the Commission that such progress is sufficient to meet the child poverty targets
- what further progress the Commission considers is required to meet the child poverty targets
The Scottish Government’s progress report can be found here
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Annual Report for 2019-2020. The Annual Report covers the period from 1 July 2019, when the Commission was established, until 31 March 2020 and outlines the wide range of work that the Commission has undertaken in its first nine months. It also sets out how the Commission has spent its budget and the research it has commissioned.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s working group on responses to COVID-19 have published a briefing paper on free school meal provision during COVID-19.
Download here: Free school meals – briefing and recommendations#5
The Poverty and Inequality Commission have followed up on their previous briefing on food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis. The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) carried out a survey of community organisations across Scotland and commissioners visited community projects speaking to workers and volunteers.
The findings of the survey are published here, along with the Commission’s response and recommendations.
Download: Food insecurity SPIRU report