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S5W-12638: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the part that (a) addiction, (b) worklessness in families and (c) family breakdown plays as a driver in child poverty, and what action it is taking to tackle it.

Answered by: Angela Constance 21 November 2017

It is clear that to eradicate child poverty, we must tackle a range of social and economic drivers. Income, however, is the key underlying factor. That’s why the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill on 8 November, setting in statute four ambitious income-based targets for 2030.

To reach these targets will require a range of action to be taken across government portfolios, and we will publish our proposals for this within the first action plan due by April 2018.