Poverty Advisor’s Report
3 July 2017
Focus on young people's life chances.
A report into how the Scottish Government can support the
transition from adolescence into adulthood has been welcomed by
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
'The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland' is the second
report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality,
Naomi Eisenstadt, who says any support young people receive from
the government is vital in their development.
The report makes 18 recommendations to government around
employment, housing and mental health, seeking to improve the life
chances of young people from less advantaged backgrounds. It also
reflects on action that the government has taken in many of these
areas, particularly the commitment to grow, enhance and widen the
Modern Apprenticeship programme.
The First Minister also confirmed the creation of a new
independent Poverty and Inequality Commission with a wide remit.
The Commission will be in place for an initial two year period, in
advance of any statutory arrangements that may be put in place via
the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. Douglas Hamilton has been
appointed as Chair and Ms Eisenstadt and Kaliani Lyle as Deputy
Chairs. Once established, the Commission's first task will be to
provide independent advice to Ministers on the first child poverty
Delivery Plan, due in April 2018.
The First Minister said:
"Naomi Eisenstadt has again provided robust advice to the
Scottish Government on how we can tackle poverty and inequality in
Scotland. When I appointed Naomi in June 2015, I was clear that I
wanted her to challenge the government and scrutinise the work we
were doing to alleviate poverty and inequality. Her first report
made a number of useful recommendations and we are making
significant progress in implementing these, as the progress report
also published today shows.
"Naomi's latest report 'The Life Chances of Young People in
Scotland' provides useful challenge to the Scottish and UK
Governments to do more to improve the life chances of young people
from less advantaged backgrounds and to build a fairer future.
"The publication of this report marks the end of Naomi's tenure
as my Independent Advisor - and I thank her for all she has done. I
am delighted that she will continue to have provide her expertise
and advice via the new Poverty and Inequality Commission."
"The new Commission will build on Naomi's excellent work,
providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers, harnessing
determined collective action on a cross-portfolio basis; and
scrutinising how governmental budgets, policy and practice can have
the strongest impacts on poverty and inequality."
Ms Eisenstadt's report is informed by a formal review of the
evidence commissioned from Scottish Government analysts, and
engagement with a wide range of experts; including young
The First Minister and Ms Eisenstadt this morning visited Royal
Botanic Garden Edinburgh to meet a group of Modern Apprentices from
Wheatley Group, whose lives have been turned around by the
opportunity to develop their skills.
Ms Eisenstadt indicated at the start of her second year as
independent advisor that she only wished to serve one further year
details on the Poverty and Inequality Commission, including
biographies of commissioners appointed to date, are provided in a
paper published today.
Mr Hamilton will identify other members to join the Commission
Links to both the Poverty Advisor's reports:
Source - The Scottish Government website