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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02916: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress the communities secretary is making with introducing measures against poverty, and how a workplace parking levy might impact on this.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 27 February 2019

The actions the Scottish Government are taking to progress our ambitions to reduce child poverty are outlined in our Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan and backed by a £50 million fund. Our actions also include investing over £125 million annually to mitigate against the impacts of UK Government welfare cuts and support those on low incomes. Money we would rather invest in anti-poverty strategies.

The workplace parking levy will be a discretionary power for local authorities. Any impact on employees would depend on how a scheme is introduced at a local level by local authorities who choose to use these discretionary powers.