New Scottish child poverty strategy: “Welcome ambitions must lead to increased action”

10 March 2014

Responding to the launch of the new Scottish child poverty strategy by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

“The focus of the strategy on maximising family resources and improving children’s wellbeing is welcome as is the increased attention paid to tackling the damaging ‘attainment gap’ that means children growing up in poverty too often get less out of our education system than their better off peers.

It’s vital that that these ambitions now lead to increased action at every level of government and across our public services and labour market. The strategy must be backed up by a clear delivery plan setting out exactly who is going to do what, and by when, with a clear framework for measuring success and a mechanism to hold every arm of government to account for the progress made. The one in five children in Scotland whose lives are being undermined by poverty deserve nothing less.”