“More can and must be done,” campaigners respond to Scottish government annual report on child poverty

October 9, 2015
  • Continued Scottish Government commitment welcome as UK government abandons child poverty promises

Responding to today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s Annual Report on Child Poverty, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

“With the UK government abandoning child poverty promises and slashing support for families the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to prioritising child poverty, recognition of the reality of in-work poverty and understanding that lack of income is central to the problem is very welcome. But there is no room for complacency. More can and must be done with existing and new powers to boost family incomes , remove barriers to work and cut the costs that school, housing, energy and transport impose on low income families.

With tens of thousands of children across Scotland missing out at school, ending up reliant on foodbanks and facing a winter in homes their parents will struggle to keep warm there is not a minute to lose in ratcheting up the action that local and national government must take to protect family incomes.”

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For further comment contact:

John Dickie, director of CPAG in Scotland, on 07795 340 618

Notes to Editors

  • The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires Scottish Ministers to publish a Scottish Child Poverty Strategy and report annually to the Scottish Parliament. The report is available here.
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty and for a better deal for low-income families and children. CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty, which has over 150 member organisations and is campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.