Poverty reduction targets could be met by increasing Scottish Child Payment

Date: 25th March 2021
Category: Child poverty

Illustration shows children at the dinner table.

New research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that increasing the Scottish Child Payment to £30 a week would be enough to ensure Scotland’s poverty targets are met.

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets statutory targets to reduce child poverty rates to less than 18% by 2024 and less than 10% by 2030. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation states that without further support, targets will be missed by four percentage points, locking 40,000 more children into poverty than the targets require.

John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said the analysis shows why the call to all parties to commit to doubling the Scottish child payment is "utterly essential, and also absolutely achievable."