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S5W-15605: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of reports that people from minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be living in poverty.

Answered by: Angela Constance 23 April 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to tackling poverty amongst minority ethnic communities. That’s why Every Child, Every Chance: the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan focuses on priority families who are at higher risk of poverty, including minority ethnic families. The final chapter of the Plan sets out an assessment of how each substantive action benefits these families and which of the main drivers it tackles.

For instance, in bringing forward our Financial Health Check, we will work with organisations representing minority ethnic communities to promote our Financial Health Check offer, taking into account any additional support that may be required - for example, around language support and travel costs.

We also published our Race Equality Action Plan in December 2017, which sets out the key actions for the Scottish Government to drive positive change for minority ethnic communities. The Action Plan contains more than 120 actions spanning employment, education, health, housing, poverty, community cohesion and safety for all minority ethnic communities in Scotland.