More needed to deliver on promised action to end child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners

February 2, 2011

Responding to evidence presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

“With UK Government welfare cuts hitting the poorest families hardest it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government does everything in its powers to mitigate the damage to families and ensure that the Scottish Budget and local spending decisions protect our poorest families.

Despite welcome national commitment there is little evidence that ending child poverty is being prioritised in spending decisions at every level, and unlike in England and Wales there is no statutory duty on Scottish local authorities to tackle child poverty.

More is needed to hold government at every level to account for delivering the promised action needed to end child poverty. We need firm targets to tackle the low pay, childcare barriers, advice and information gaps and additional costs of school that all undermine parent’s efforts to give their children the best start in life.”

Notes for editors

For further information please contact:

John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, on 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 61802

  • CPAG in Scotland’s response to the Scottish Government’s child poverty strategy discussion paper can be found here.
  • Child Poverty Action Group’s manifesto was published in March 2009.
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is one of over 150 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.