JRF responds to ministerial statement on Scotland’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan

Jim McCormick, Associate Director Scotland of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

“Today’s statement confirms that Scotland will be blown further off course in its effort to right the wrong of child poverty, unless we act decisively now. The pandemic poses additional challenges for our country, and how we respond will be a true test of our commitment to meeting our ambitious child poverty targets.

“Families who were already struggling to keep their heads above water are now feeling the full force of this economic storm and we must do all we can to extend a stronger lifeline to prevent more Scots being pulled into poverty.

“We welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s commitment to opening applications to the Scottish Child Payment this year. On its own this will not be enough unless we also create good jobs and equip people with the skills to access them. There is no route to achieving the child poverty targets without more families being able to access good quality, low cost homes. We need the Scottish Government to offer greater certainty and bring forward a long-term plan to deliver affordable homes, at scale, during the next Parliament.”