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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Child poverty bill published

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The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill has been published and will see Scotland become the only part of the UK with statutory targets to reduce the number of children experiencing poverty. Targets include having fewer than 10% living in relative poverty compared to the average income, and fewer than 5% living in ‘absolute poverty’ – which uses a fixed amount to calculate whether basic needs are met – by 2030. The government will publish a three-year child poverty delivery plan by April 2018, which will be updated every five years, and annual reports to measure progress. Campaigners have welcomed the Bill.

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