James Dornan MSP Supports Plans to Tackle Child Poverty.

James Dornan MSP Supports Plans to Tackle Child Poverty.

There has been overwhelming support for the government’s ambition to tackle the deep-rooted causes of child poverty, with the governments annual report and consultation responses providing encouraging feedback.

The majority of those who responded to the consultation have agreed with the government’s plans to introduce long-term, ambitious child poverty targets.

It comes as the government’s annual report on the child poverty measurement framework is published, showing improvement in a number of areas, including:

•The employment rate gap between the most deprived areas and the rest of Scotland has narrowed

•The percentage of school leavers from the most deprived areas who are in positive destinations has increased

• The employment rate of parents has increased while the percentage of parents with low or no qualifications has decreased

During a visit to North Edinburgh Childcare in the Pilton area of the capital, Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has announced the Scottish Government would contribute of £40,000 to the Cash for Kids appeal which helps children who are disadvantaged through poverty, and helps groups and organisations that work to improve the lives of children in communities across Scotland.

On the report and consultation, James Dornan MSP for Cathcart said:

“As the convener of the Education and skills Committee tacking these root cause of child poverty in Scotland is a high priority of mine, the increase in school leavers reaching a positive destination is encouraging. However it is clear that more needs to be done.

“It is for this reason that I support the brining forward to the Child Poverty Bill in the new year, so that the government can work with organisations such as Cash for Kids to tackle the cause of poverty children face.”

Background

The consultation ran from 8 August to 30 September, and a total of 116 responses were received – 86 from stakeholder organisations and 30 from individuals:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/2834

Link to annual report: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/6196

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