Following the passage of the historic Child Poverty (Scotland) Act in November which imposes a requirement on local authorities to tackle poverty, Policy Scotland has provided several reports to support the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission has been tasked with providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers on poverty and inequality, monitoring progress, and proposing solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in Scotland.
Report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland 2014-2017 examines the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017, in the context of the child poverty targets set out in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act. The aim is to provide a basis for assessment of the effectiveness of measures intended to reduce child poverty. The authors, Evan Williams, Nick Bailey and Des McNulty of the University of Glasgow, find that many of the policies are expected to have a significant positive impact on different aspects of child poverty; however, gaps are identified in relation to the private rented sector and in how the Living Wage campaign is targeted.
Local Contributions to Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Scotland considers the contribution of local action to tackle poverty and inequality in Scotland, specifically, local action at the administrative scale of the local authority. The author, John H. McKendrick of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University, focuses on the evidential basis for and arguments in favour of locally targeted poverty reduction efforts.