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S5W-10662: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to how the findings by Sheffield Hallam University, which suggest that £800 million in benefit reductions in the UK will fall on households with dependent children between 2015 and 2020, will impact on its strategy to reduce child poverty.

Answered by: Angela Constance 30 August 2017

The report by Sheffield Hallam University, and the Scottish Government’s own report on the impacts of welfare reform published in June 2017, set out a concerning picture of the impacts of social security cuts imposed by successive UK Governments.

The Scottish Government has also contracted Landman Economics and Virtual Worlds Research to produce projections of child poverty in Scotland based on current known UK and Scottish policies. This Scottish specific evidence will be important in helping us understand the scale of the challenge we are facing.

The Scottish Government is setting ambitious targets to reduce levels of child poverty in Scotland by 2030 through the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. Meeting these targets will require cross-government action, indeed action across all of Scotland, in the period to 2030. Actions to be taken by the Scottish Government will be set out in regular delivery plans due under the Bill, the first of which will be published by April 2018.