CPAG in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's white paper on independence

26 November 2013

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government's white paper on independence, The Head of CPAG in Scotland, John Dickie, said:

"As child poverty campaigners our concern is not so much where powers lie as to how they are used to end the scandal of child poverty in a country as rich as Scotland. Moving towards a system of universal high quality childcare, ensuring benefits and tax credits are uprated at the very least in line with inflation and a more assertive approach to tackling low pay are all crucial in terms of what's needed to end child poverty so its really welcome to see positive proposals on these issues as part of any vision for the future of Scotland.

The challenge now for all sides in the debate is to not just settle the constitutional question but to build the public support and political will needed to ensure investment in childcare and social security and a far fairer distribution of rewards and opportunities in the workplace are priorities wherever powers end up lying."