Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland Launched
31 March 2014
The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires Scottish Ministers to
produce a Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland that is reviewed and
revised every three years, and reported upon annually. Scottish
Ministers published their first Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland
in March 2011. This Strategy was therefore due for revision.
The Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland: Our
Approach 2014-2017 was published on 10 March 2014. It continues
to focus on the same key areas as the original Strategy and
outlines our approach over the next 3 years to tackling the causes
of poverty by addressing them early, through actions including:
- Maximising household resources through advice on welfare and
benefit changes, help to find employment and managing debt.
- Improving children's life chances through actions on
educational attainment, health and early years development.
- Making sure children's environment is suitable through actions
on housing, regeneration and community empowerment.
This approach was strongly supported in discussions with
stakeholders and with the Ministerial Advisory Group on Child
The revised Strategy also takes the approach further, through an
outcomes framework that identifies key areas of activity in
relation to the overall aims of maximising household resources,
improving life chances and maintaining well designed, sustainable
places. This work is ongoing and will be informed by discussion
with the Ministerial Advisory Group and others.
You can find out more about Tackling Poverty on the Scottish