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Poverty and Inequality Commission Cost of Living Advice to Scottish Government


September 2022

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.

Download: Poverty and Inequality Commission – Final Cost of Living advice to Scottish Government – 12 August 2022 

Download: Cost of living – Initial advice from PIC to SG – 14 June 2022

 

Letter to the Scottish Commission on Social Security


July 2022

A letter from the Poverty and Inequality Commission to Dr Witcher, Scottish Commission on Social Security on Low Income Winter Heating Assistance Regulations.

Read the letter to the Scottish Commission on Social Security (July 2022)

 

 

 

 

The Poverty and Inequality Commission Annual Report 2021-2022


June 2022

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.

Download: Annual Report – Poverty and Inequality Commission – 2021-2022

 

Poverty & Inequality Commission Child Poverty Scrutiny Report 2021-22


June 2022

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.

Download: Poverty and Inequality Commission Child Poverty scrutiny report 2021-2022

Download: Child Poverty Scrutiny Executive summary 2021-22

The Scottish Government progress report can be found here

Response to Scottish Government Resource Spending Review Consultation


March 2022

The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Resource Spending Review Framework.

Read the Commission’s response to the Resource Spending Review Framework Consultation (March 2022)

 

 

Response to the Low Income Winter Heating Assistance (LIWHA) Consultation


February 2022

The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to a consultation on the Scottish Government’s Low Income Winter Heating Assistance.

Read the Commission’s response to the LIWHA consultation (February 2022)

Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy


February 2022

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.

Read the Commission’s letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (February 2022)

Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026


January 2022

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice to the Scottish Government on its Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-26. The report tells Scottish Government that they will have to use all levers available to it to end child poverty and the actions that should be included in the next Child Poverty Delivery Plan. This advice makes recommendations about the approach that the Scottish Government should take to the next Delivery Plan, and about some of the actions that should be included in it.

Download: Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026 – Full Report

Download: Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026 – Executive Summary

Download: Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026 (Easy Read PDF)

Child Poverty Delivery Plan Advice Video

Commissioners Bill, Lindsay and Morag speak about the Commission’s advice to Scottish Government. They provide an overview of the key points from the advice, speak about the importance of holistic approaches and involving experts by experience, and talk through the Commission’s recommendations.

 

Good jobs in Scotland


January 2022

Learning and Work Institute were commissioned to review the evidence and provide advice and recommendations on how the Scottish Government can support the creation of more ‘good jobs’ that reduce child poverty. This was done to inform the Commission’s advice to the Scottish Government for its next Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

Download: Good jobs in Scotland research report

 

Response to COVID-19 Inquiry Aims and Principles


October 2021

The Poverty and Inequality Commission responded to a request for comment on the Aims and Principles of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry  on the handling of the pandemic.

Read the Commission’s response on the Aims and Principles of the Inquiry (October 2021)

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