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Policy Overview

Financial inclusion forms part of the work to tackle poverty in Scotland. It is defined as:

Individuals having access to appropriate financial products and services, including having the skills, knowledge and understanding to use them.

The Scottish Government has developed three interlinked policies, all of which taken together form a coherent approach to addressing disadvantage in Scotland: Achieving Our Potential: A Framework to tackle poverty and income inequality in Scotlandsets out further priorities for action and investment to deliver improvement in:
  • reducing income inequalities
  • introducing longer-term measures to tackle poverty and the drivers of low income
  • supporting those experiencing poverty or at risk of falling into poverty
  • making the tax credits and benefits system work better for Scotland.

Equally Well - Scotland's framework on health inequalities requires strong joint working between NHS, local government, the Third Sector and other with community planning partnerships. Specific Government action is emphasized across portfolios and directorates.

The Early Years Framework concentrates on giving all our children the best start in life. It lays out the steps the Scottish Government, local partners and practitioners in early years services need to take to start us on that journey.