Annual Report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland

Category: Child poverty

27th October 2015

The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires Scottish Ministers to publish a Scottish Child Poverty Strategy, review and revise it every three years, and report annually to the Scottish Parliament on measures it has taken to progress the Strategy. This document is the second annual report that relates to the revised Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland (2014), and the fifth annual report in relation to the first Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland, published in 2011.

In Together's NGO alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in July 2015, a recommendation was included as follows:

"Scottish Government should provide sufficient resources to effectively take forward, monitor and evaluate Scotland's child poverty strategy and report annually on progress against key elements."

In the report, Together welcomed the moves taken by Scottish Government to minimise the effects of UK austerity policies, but are clear that more could be done. There is a need to take forward, monitor and evaluate Scotland's child poverty strategy effectively.

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