Scottish child poverty campaigners respond to ‘State of Nation’ report

20 October 2014
  • “Nothing inevitable about rising child poverty” say CPAG in Scotland “It is largely a result of real term cuts to tax credits and benefits”
  • Failing to meet targets to end child poverty by 2020 does not mean child poverty can’t be eradicated
  • Family benefits need protected and action in Scotland taken to keep housing costs down and tackle the education attainment gap

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today responded to the publication of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s ‘State of the Nation 2014’ report.

The Director of CPAG in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

“The rising child poverty that this report highlights in Scotland is no surprise, but that makes it no less shocking. Behind the dry statistics are tens of thousands of children whose health will be damaged, education undermined and life chances cut short because their parents don’t have the resources they need. There is nothing inevitable about rising child poverty– it is largely a result of real term cuts to tax credits and benefits that in Scotland alone are set to push up to 100 000 more children into poverty by 2020.

“We must never accept that failing to meet targets to end child poverty by 2020 means child poverty can’t be eradicated. With the right policies, the right time-frame, and the right level of political will we can eradicate child poverty in Scotland and the rest of UK just as other European countries have.

But it means fundamentally rethinking cuts to family benefits and tax credits, and here in Scotland building on the Commission’s very welcome reflections to keep housing costs down, tackle the educational attainment gap and ensure local authorities and their partners are doing everything within their powers to prevent child poverty.”