Scottish Government set to miss its child poverty targets

Date: 28th March 2019
Category: Child poverty, Basic Health and Welfare, Health and health services

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The Scottish Government is at risk of missing its own child poverty targets by more than 100,000 children, according to projections from the Resolution Foundation.

The most recent figures on relative child poverty show 23% of children across Scotland were living on less than 60% of median household incomes in 2016-17.
Adam Corlett, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, acknowledged that the rise in child poverty “is almost entirely driven by UK-wide decisions”, including the four-year freeze on working-age benefits and the two-child limit on working-age benefit support. But Corlett added: “But that doesn’t mean policymakers in Scotland are powerless to respond.” Read the full article here.