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S5W-15609: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, before housing costs, relative child poverty rates have increased.

Answered by: Angela Constance 18 April 2018

Before housing costs, relative child poverty rates are now similar in Scotland and UK (both 19%), whereas after housing costs, Scotland (24%) continues to maintain a 6 percentage point lower child poverty rate than the UK (30%).

However, there is no room for complacency when it comes to tackling child poverty. That is why the Scottish Government brought forward the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017, establishing us as the only part of the UK with ambitious statutory child poverty targets. Housing is a significant – and unavoidable – household cost, which is why our child poverty targets take that into account.

Our landmark publication Every Child, Every Chance: the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan is the next crucial step to delivering on our ambition to end child poverty. It sets out our proposals for increasing family incomes and reducing household costs to meet the targets and is backed by a further £50 million Tackling Child Poverty Fund.