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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08430: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06728 by Angela Constance on 24 February 2017, what plans it has to create a disability poverty target.

Answered by: Angela Constance 19 April 2017

The Scottish Government has no current plans to create a disability poverty target.

We are committed to tackling the intergenerational cycle of poverty and as such introduced the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill to Parliament on 9 February 2017, signalling our clear commitment to reducing poverty in Scotland. The Bill will establish Scotland as the only part of the UK with stretching, income-based targets on child poverty. We would expect that disabled children will benefit from the targets being met.

Last year we published both the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, both of which contain actions to help improve the lives of disabled people; we will publish our first annual report on progress from the Fairer Scotland Action Plan in October.