Scotland is to become the only part of the UK with statutory targets to tackle child poverty after unanimously passing new legislation in Scottish Parliament yesterday.
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will set out four statutory goals which the government is expected to hit by 2030, including having less than 10% of children living in households that are in relative poverty (currently 22%) and less than 5% of children living in households that are persistent poverty.
This Bill will go even further and see statutory targets to reduce and ultimately eradicate child poverty
In 2015/16 one in four children in Scotland were living in relative poverty. Equalities Secretary Angela Constance MSP called the bill a “historic milestone” in the fight against poverty.
It was brought forward in response to the repeal of sections of the UK Child Poverty Act, to reinstate the use of a set of income-based targets. After a series of amendments were agreed, MSPs unanimously agreed to pass the bill, with the vote finishing 115 to nil.
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Constance said: “With one in four children living in poverty, we need to take urgent action – both to help those children who are living in poverty now, and to prevent future generations of children growing up in poverty.