Kids can’t wait for new income supplement: letter to First Minister
OPFS and more than 70 leaders and organisations from across Scottish society have joined together to call on the First Minister to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty.
Poverty campaigners, faith leaders, academics, children’s charities, trade unions, women’s groups and industry bodies have today written a joint letter to the First Minister pushing for the government to commit to bringing forward the supplement because “kids can’t wait”.
The Scottish Government is set to update Parliament on its plans to introduce an income supplement to top up the earnings of parents on low incomes in a statement to MSPs on Wednesday.
The supplement is currently not due to be introduced until 2022, but we think that is too far away for families living in poverty, and want to see legislation included in the next Programme for Government and an interim version to be delivered ahead of legislation being passed.
Satwat Rehman, Director OPFS, said:
“To deliver on the commitments in the Child Poverty Act to end child poverty in Scotland by 2030 requires bold and decisive actions. The number of children in one parent families living in poverty is increasing and will rise to 62% of children living in a one parent family, in Scotland by 2020. OPFS has signed the letter calling on the FM to bring forward the introduction of the income supplement to support the families we work with and stop them going deeper into poverty. They cannot wait another three years for the income supplement.”