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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13203: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the Child Poverty Fund will be used to tackle the root causes of child poverty.

Answered by: Angela Constance 13 December 2017

As outlined within the Programme for Government 2017-18 it is the intention of this government to use the Tackling Child Poverty Fund to trial new approaches, strengthen the evidence base and support innovation at a national and local level in order to make progress towards the 2030 child poverty targets.

The Scottish Government issued a formal request for advice to the Poverty and Inequality Commission on 21 September, asking where this funding could have the biggest impact at a national and local level. We will use this advice to shape our proposals and ensure the fund achieves the maximum impact possible. Detail on our proposals will be included in the Delivery Plan being published next year.