Briefing Note for MSPs – Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill
As a member of End Child Poverty (Scotland) OPFS warmly welcomes the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. We are extremely pleased that the Bill contains a duty to eradicate child poverty and that there are clear and identifiable targets about when this should be done. We particularly welcome the fact that the Bill proposes establishing four income based targets which will be measured after housing costs. We believe that focusing on income-based targets in this legislation is the correct approach.
OPFS also welcomes the publication of the Social Security Committee report on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. In its Stage 1 report on the Bill, published on 22 May, 2017, the Social Security Committee issued recommendations for amendments. Along with other ECP members we believe many of the Committee’s recommendations would strengthen the Bill.