The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 set stretching targets for child poverty reduction. The Scottish Government published a Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan in 2018, setting out policies and programmes to support progress towards reaching the child poverty targets. The Scottish Government is currently in the process of developing the next Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which is due to be published in March 2022. The scale of the challenge is significant, and the 2022-2026 delivery plan will be crucial to achieving both the interim and final targets.
This rapid consultation seeks your opinion and any evidence you may have about how well current policies and actions are working and what new ideas or approaches may help achieve significant reductions in child poverty in Scotland. That is, evidence of positive impact of interventions the Scottish Government should continue, evidence of negative or limited impact of interventions that should be stopped or done differently, and any evidence of new policies that the Scottish Government should consider implementing, including local projects that could be delivered at scale or evidence from other countries that could be applied in Scotland.
The information you provide will inform discussions on what the next Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan should include and focus on. We will digest your feedback to inform options for future action and strengthen our evidence base. We will then welcome the opportunity to discuss potential options with you.
Specifically, we are looking for your feedback on any or all of the questions below:
· what’s currently working well, and what should the Scottish Government and partners continue to do or do more of?
· are there policies, actions or approaches that the Scottish Government and partners should stop doing or need to do differently?
· what new policies, actions or approaches should the Scottish Government consider implementing?
· what lessons from the COVID response could be applied to tackling child poverty in the future?
We also invite you to share any research, evaluation or findings from consultations that you have undertaken that are relevant to these questions. As well as any views or evidence you may have specific to the six priority family types identified in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – the family types where children are most likely to live in poverty, which are set out in the background attached.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to shaping the next Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan and we value the feedback you can provide. You can attach any published reports, research undertaken collecting perspectives from those with lived experience of poverty, or internal pieces of work you may hold.
Some further background to the consultation is available here.
Your input by 29 September 2021 to ChildPovertyConsultation@gov.scot will be welcomed.