CIH Scotland comments on child poverty delivery plan
The Scottish Government has announced that increasing family incomes and reducing living costs will be prioritised through the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.
Commenting on the announcement, Callum Chomczuk Deputy Director of CIH Scotland, said:
"Figures published just last week show that child poverty is, for the first time in two decades, on the increase in Scotland.
With over a quarter of million children living in undue hardship it is clear there is a need for a collective effort to eradicate child poverty.
We welcome the Scottish Government’s delivery plan but as previously noted by the First Minister’s independent poverty adviser, Naomi Eisenstadt, the lack of affordable housing is one of the major determinants of poverty.
In order to truly abolish child poverty we need to tackle some of the major structural issues, which means ensuring every family, in every community has an affordable home.
The government has made a welcome commitment to the delivery of 50,000 affordable homes over this Parliament, however it is crucial that their focus on this is redoubled so that we are we are building the right types of home and in the right place for Scotland’s children."