Date lodged: 9 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact that the transition to low-carbon emissions will have on lower-income families.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 16 January 2019
A combined Equality Impact Assessment, Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment and Fairer Scotland assessment on socio-economic inequalities was produced for the Climate Change Bill. Poor and deprived communities were one of the main groups identified as likely to be impacted by climate change and action to reduce emissions.
This is one reason why we have established a Just Transition Commission to advise Minsters on the move to a carbon-neutral economy. I anticipate that the impact of the transition on lower-income families will form part of its considerations. We are committed to a carbon-neutral, inclusive economy.