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.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government to its scrutiny of progress towards meeting the recommendations of the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s work plan and priorities 2018-19 describes the work that the Commission will do up until the end of June 2019 and the longer term priorities which could inform the new statutory Commission’s work from the beginning of July 2019. It covers the three things the Commission was set up to do: advice, scrutiny and advocacy.
The Poverty and Inequality Commissions submission in relation to the visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the United Kingdom.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee’s request for views on tackling the impact of poverty on educational attainment.
Policy Scotland provided analysis to the Poverty and Inequality Commission to inform the Commission in developing its advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan.