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.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s first report sets out the Commission’s advice to the Scottish Government on its first Child Poverty Delivery Plan. It sets out some general principles that should be included in the Delivery Plan, identifies three levers that are likely to have the biggest impact on child poverty and recommends some other elements that should be included in order to improve quality of life for children living in poverty.
Updated April 2019
Updated 22 May 2018
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan advice draws on analysis carried out by IPPR Scotland, looking at the costs and impacts of using social security interventions to reduce child poverty in Scotland. In its original analysis IPPR Scotland recalculated the poverty line for each intervention based on the intervention being introduced UK-wide. IPPR has subsequently undertaken further analysis which recalculates the poverty line if the intervention was only introduced in Scotland. This has an impact on the cost and effects of some of the policy interventions. The updated analysis from IPPR Scotland can be found here https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/child-poverty-in-scotland .