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S5W-15608: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, after housing costs, absolute child poverty has not changed at 22%.

Answered by: Angela Constance 18 April 2018

Absolute child poverty has been broadly stable in the last five years, in Scotland as well as in the UK. Absolute child poverty in Scotland has been roughly 5 percentage points lower (22%) than in the UK (27%) for the last decade.

However, there is no room for complacency when it comes to tackling child poverty. That is why the Scottish Government brought forward the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017, establishing us as the only part of the UK with ambitious statutory child poverty targets, including an absolute poverty target.

Our landmark publication Every Child, Every Chance: the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan is the next crucial step to delivering on our ambition to end child poverty. It sets out our proposals for increasing family incomes and reducing household costs to meet the targets and is backed by a further £50 million Tackling Child Poverty Fund.