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Third sector welcomes establishment of Poverty and Inequality Commission in statute

Posted: 08/11/2017

Third sector welcomes establishment of Poverty and Inequality Commission in statute

For immediate release: 8 November 2017


Following stage three of the Child Poverty Bill, the Poverty Alliance and Barnardo’s Scotland have welcomed the creation of the Poverty and Inequality Commission in statute.  Both organisations have been campaigning around this issue throughout 2017, highlighting the need for a statutory organisation to take on some of the functions previously fulfilled by the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission at UK level.  

The establishment of the commission in statute will help guarantee independent scrutiny and ensure the commission is able to speak freely and be critical of government where necessary.  Independence also means that the commission has the potential to be a real driver for social change, and both Poverty Alliance and Barnardo’s Scotland look forward to working alongside the commission in the coming months and years to tackle poverty in Scotland.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“The establishment of the Poverty and Inequality Commission in statute is a significant step forward in the fight against poverty in Scotland.

“This comes at a time when more than one million people are living in poverty in Scotland.  It is clear that we need radical solutions to poverty more than ever, and the Poverty and Inequality Commission can lead the way in identifying these solutions.  

“We are pleased that the Scottish Government has now supported the establishment of the Commission in statute through the Child Poverty Bill, and look forward to working with the commissioners to eradicate poverty in Scotland.”

Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo's Scotland, said: "Poverty is the most significant factor in the lives of many of the children and families we work with.

"With recent reports suggesting that child poverty across the UK is set to increase, it is vital that Scotland's efforts to reduce child poverty are independently monitored and evaluated.  We welcome the Scottish Government's decision to place the Poverty and Inequality Commission on a statutory footing, in recognition of the important role that it can play in challenging all of us to continue to focus on this crucial issue."

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