Report on Delivery Plan Published
It is estimated that 90,000 fewer children will live in relative and absolute poverty this year as a result of Scottish Government policies.
The Scottish Government analysis is published alongside the first annual report on its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan ‘Best Start, Bright Futures’. The report sets out progress made on the four year plan, including that an estimated £3.03 billion was invested across a range of programmes targeted at low income households in 2022-23, with £1.25 billion directly benefiting children.
These figures represent an increase of £430 million and £150 million respectively, compared with 2021-22. As a result of that spending, poverty levels this year will be nine percentage points lower than they would have otherwise been.
The report also details key actions to help households and address the three main drivers of poverty – income from employment, cost of living and income from social security and benefits. These include almost £83 million to help deliver employability support, introducing a rent cap to help protect tenants during the cost of living crisis, and providing over £84 million to support housing costs – while at the same time increasing the Scottish Child Payment by 150% and expanding it to all eligible children under 16.
The Scottish Government’s five family payments, including the Payment, Best Start Foods and Best Start Grants, could be worth over £10,000 by the time an eligible child turns six – over £8,000 more than is available for families in England and Wales – and over £20,000 by the time an eligible child is 16.
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