Moves to tackle child poverty

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

It is a sad re­al­ity that chil­dren across the UK are con­tin­u­ing to have their chances lim­ited by poverty.

Re­cent fig­ures show that 24 per cent of chil­dren in Scot­land, and 30 per cent of chil­dren in the UK as a whole, are liv­ing in poverty.

Such stats show the scale of the chal­lenge we have in tack­ling deep-rooted poverty, how­ever we must tackle it and do so ur­gently. Not only to help those liv­ing in poverty now but that of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions too.

I there­fore wel­come the SNP Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s ‘Tack­ling Child Poverty De­liv­ery Plan’ which was pub­lished last month.

Within the re­port, the Gov­ern­ment made a num­ber of dif­fer­ent an­nounce­ments to in­crease fam­ily in­comes and re­duce liv­ing costs.

Such poli­cies in­clude in­tro­duc­ing a new in­come sup­ple­ment, which will pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port to fam­i­lies who need it most.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment are cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the ex­act de­tails of the sup­ple­ment, the level at which it should be set, and those at whom it should be tar­geted in or­der to help lift the max­i­mum num­ber of chil­dren out of poverty.

Further ac­tions in­clude a new £12 mil­lion em­ploy­ment sup­port fund which will help par­ents in work progress their ca­reers and sup­port un­em­ployed par­ents into work.

Other ini­tia­tives in­clude a new na­tional en­ti­tle­ment for the School Cloth­ing Grant, to help with the costs of uni­forms and sports kits, and new sup­port for af­ter­school and hol­i­day child­care, help­ing par­ents work more flex­i­bly and in­crease their in­comes.

The de­liv­ery plan comes af­ter in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis found that, if the SNP Gov­ern­ment did noth­ing, Tory wel­fare cuts would mean 38 per cent of Scot­tish chil­dren would be in rel­a­tive poverty by 2030/31.

We are fight­ing poverty with one hand tied be­hind our back in the face of aus­ter­ity – that is what is re­ally dam­ag­ing for Scot­land’s chil­dren.

Un­der Tory cuts, money is be­ing taken from the pock­ets of low in­come fam­i­lies, push­ing them into cri­sis, debt and poverty, with our pub­lic ser­vices and emer­gency aid re­spond­ing as best they can.

That is why the SNP in gov­ern­ment will take de­ci­sive ac­tion to in­crease house­hold in­comes and re­duce costs, sup­port­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies here and now.

The SNP in gov­ern­ment will take de­ci­sive ac­tion to in­crease house­hold in­comes and re­duce costs

Child poverty Lim­it­ing chances in life

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