MSP backs child poverty con­sul­ta­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Clare Haughey MSP has wel­comed the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ’ s newly launched con­sul­ta­tion on end­ing child poverty.

The con­sul­ta­tion comes ahead of the Child Poverty Bill which will be in­tro­duced next year and will form part of the over­all ap­proach to tackle poverty and in­equal­ity in Scot­land.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment aims to erad­i­cate child pov e r t y – and this con­sul­ta­tion asks for com­ments on the pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce four statu­tory in­come targets seek­ing to dras­ti­cally re­duce child poverty by 2030, as well as how ex­ist­ing work can be strength­ened.

Ms Hau g h e y said: “I am de­lighted to see the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment tak­ing this ac­tive ap­proach to end the blight of child poverty.

“Tack­ling deep- seated in­equal­i­ties is the job of all so­ci­ety so we need ev­ery­one across lo­cal author­i­ties, busi­ness, the third sec­tor and those who ex­pe­ri­ence poverty to work to­gether.

“The Child Poverty Bill con­sul­ta­tion will al­low fur­ther ev­i­dence and ideas to emerge, help­ing to build on ef­forts al­ready un­der­way – such as free school meals, a com­mit­ment to the Liv­ing Wage of £8.25 per hour, the Scot­tish At­tain­ment Chal­lenge and du­ties to tackle in­equal­i­ties of ed­u­ca­tional out­come due to so­cio- eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tage.”

Ms Haughey also praised the SNP for tak­ing ac­tion to try to tackle the prob­lem and added: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment sees child poverty as a pri­or­ity – and this bill con­sul­ta­tion shows that the SNP in gov­ern­ment will work hard to end the cy­cle of poverty in Scot­land once and for all.”

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