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Child Poverty

Girl resting her head on her armLATEST:  The Annual Report for the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland was laid in the Scottish Parliament in March 2012. The report highlights some of the key measures taken by the Scottish Government since the publication of the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland in March 2011, and references some of the activity that will be taken forward across the 3 year span of the strategy.

The Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland sets out plans to reduce levels of child poverty, and to ensure that as few children as possible experience any kind of socio-economic disadvantage.

The strategy has two clear aims:

  • To reduce the levels of child poverty by reducing income poverty and material deprivation; maximising household incomes and reducing the pressure on household budgets among low income families - using measures such as maximising the potential for parents to access and sustain good quality employment, and promoting greater financial inclusion and capability. And,
  • Improve children's wellbeing and life chances - with the ultimate aim being to break inter-generational cycles of poverty, inequality and deprivation. The Scottish Government will place particular focus on tackling the underlying social and economic determinants of poverty, and improve the circumstances in which children grow up - recognising the particular importance of improving children's outcomes in the early years.

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