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Consultation on ending child poverty

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the Child Poverty Bill. The bill, which will be introduced next year, will build on the Scottish Government’s existing work, and will form part of its overall approach to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland.

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The Scottish Government said it has “a clear ambition to eradicate child poverty” and this bill will set the framework for making progress towards this goal.

The consultation was launched in Dundee by Cabinet Secretary for Equalities Angela Constance. She said:

“This government has vowed to take action to tackle child poverty, and we have already done a lot of work in this area, but we want to go further.

“This isn’t only a job for government. The ambition to tackle child poverty must be shared across the whole of Scotland. I want to talk about how we can work together with local governments, businesses and the third sector but, most importantly, with people who experience poverty.

“Around one in five children live in poverty in Scotland. This is simply unacceptable in a modern, thriving country like ours. I want to be absolutely clear that we are serious about our ambition to eradicate child poverty, and I want to work together with partners across Scotland to make that ambition a reality.

“It was great to see some of the vital work going on in Dundee this morning, but there is much more to be done. With many people affected by poverty, I would like to hear from a wide range of people and organisations in this consultation.”