From the Scottish Government website on 27th:
‘Long-term risk due to UK Government welfare cuts. Independent analysis due to be published alongside the Scottish Government’s first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan shows the extent of damage caused by UK Government welfare cuts. The analysis outlines projections of child poverty rates in Scotland on the basis of announced tax and benefit changes, and the consequent increases in poverty levels.’
Communities Secretary Angela Constance said:
‘This reveals the long-term damage of UK Government welfare cuts and austerity, with alarming increases across every measure of child poverty. We know the damage that has been caused already, but what alarms me is that the worst is still to come, with £4 billion annual cuts by the end of this decade set to take a stark toll on families and children. Addressing inequalities is core to everything we do to make Scotland fairer and more equal. That includes spending over £100 million every year to protect people from the worst impact of UK Government welfare cuts – money that could be better spent on preventing poverty.’
Scotland is the only part of the UK with statutory targets to tackle child poverty marking its government out as one which cares more for the people than the rich elites and corporations at the heart of the Tory party’s loyalties.
After 10 years of SNP-rule, none of Scotland’s local authorities feature in the 25 worst in the UK for child poverty:
Footnote: Scotland now has the lowest level of adult poverty outside of the South of England. See: