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The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Equality Evidence Strategy.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published a briefing on the cost of living crisis. The briefing draws on the Commission’s visits to community organisations between June and August, and discussions with the Commission’s Experts by Experience Panel.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice to the Scottish Government on the cost of living crisis. In May 2022, the Commission was asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government to provide advice on actions that the Scottish Government could take in the short, medium and long term to support those most at risk with the cost of living crisis.
While most of the powers to act on the cost of living crisis lie with the UK Government, the Scottish Government has an important role in supporting households in Scotland. The Commission provided its initial advice to the Scottish Government in June 2022, followed by further advice in August 2022.
The initial advice focused on action that the Scottish Government could take in the short term to quickly provide support to households that were missing out on existing UK Government support with the cost of living, or receiving insufficient support for the costs they face. The final advice looked at medium to longer term options that could support households through the winter and beyond.
A letter from the Poverty and Inequality Commission to Dr Witcher, Scottish Commission on Social Security on Low Income Winter Heating Assistance Regulations.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Annual Report for 2021-2022. The Annual report covers the period from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2022 and looks back at the work the Commission has carried out in the last 12 months and how it aligns with the Commission’s strategic priorities. It also sets out how the Commission has spent its budget and the research it has commissioned.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Child Poverty Scrutiny Report 2021-22. The report sets out the Commission’s comments on Scottish Government’s progress towards meeting the child poverty targets. It was prepared for the Scottish Government in May 2022, in order to inform the Scottish Government’s child poverty progress report. This report draws on the work done by the Commission’s Experts by Experience Panel, and work with children and young people, carried out in partnership with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) and Aberlour, to think about progress in reducing child poverty so far.
The reports finds that the action taken so far is very unlikely to be enough to meet the 2030 child poverty targets, but that the commitments made in the 2022-2026 Child Poverty Delivery Plan should help the Scottish Government make progress. Further action is needed now to deliver the kinds of the transformative policies that will be required in order to meet the 2030 targets.
The Scottish Government progress report can be found here
The Commission responded to the Draft Rented Sector Strategy Consultation, drawing primarily on discussions with the Commission’s Experts by Experience Panel.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Resource Spending Review Framework.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to a consultation on the Scottish Government’s Low Income Winter Heating Assistance.
The Commission wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy on the cost of living crisis and how consequential funding could be used to alleviate the crisis.