Child Poverty

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st January 2009.

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Question S3W-19345

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for tackling child poverty.

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The Scottish Government remains committed to doing what it can within the available powers to end child poverty by 2020. We recognise that any effective approach to child poverty must also address income inequality in Scotland, and set out our approach to tackling poverty and income inequality in Achieving Our Potential , launched in November 2008.

The framework should be seen as one of a suite of social policies, including Equally Well and the Early Years Framework, which taken together signal the intention of moving over time from costly reaction to social problems to their prevention

We and our colleagues in the other devolved administrations are also in early discussions with the UK Government on their plans for a UK Child Poverty Bill.

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