‘Principles must now be reflected in detail of the legislation’ say child poverty campaigners as first Social Security (Scotland) Bill published

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today responded to the publication of Scotland’s first social security bill.

John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, said

“The principle of social security as an investment in the people of Scotland and the recognition that social security is a human right are very welcome, as are the commitments Ministers have already made to boost support for carers and young children, but it is absolutely vital that those principles and early improvements are clearly reflected in the legislation as a whole.

Scotland’s new social security system must be designed so that that carers, disabled people and parents of young children have clear statutory entitlements to cash support. Concerns such as those that the Bill, as published, means key benefits ‘may or may not take the form of money’ need to be addressed and we look forward to working with Ministers and the Scottish Parliament to ensure the legislation genuinely delivers a dignified system that protects and enhances financial support for those who need it”.

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For more information contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, jdickie@cpagscotland.org.uk , 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618

Notes

  • Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the one in four children in Scotland growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We use our understanding of what causes poverty and the impact it has on children’s lives to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty – for good. We are leading expert providers of second tier social security advice, information and training.
  • The Social Security (Scotland) Bill is published here.
  • CPAG in Scotland response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of social security can be viewed here.