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Programme for Government: Welcome progress on Poverty and Inequality Commission

Posted: 05/09/2017

Programme for Government: Welcome progress on Poverty and Inequality Commission

For immediate release – 5 September 2017


 

Anti-Poverty campaigners have welcomed the commitment from the First Minister in today’s Programme for Government to look at options for placing the Poverty and Inequality Commission on statute.

In recent months, the Poverty Alliance has been working alongside the End Child Poverty coalition and others to place the commission in statute which would guarantee its independence but also act as a driver for policy innovation and change. 

The Poverty Alliance believes there is a role for the Poverty and Inequality Commission to take on some of the functions previously fulfilled by the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission at UK level. 

The performance of these functions – by a body whose role and independence are established and protected in statute – could be extremely important in ensuring that there is an expert source of independent scrutiny and oversight. The body’s legislative underpinning would ensure that it could speak freely and be critical of the government where necessary. 

The Alliance also welcomed announcements to bring forward legislation to set a new fuel poverty target, and for new action to address homelessness.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“The Poverty Alliance welcomes today’s announcement on the Poverty and Inequality Commission.

“We believe that putting this commission onto a statutory footing is essential to guaranteeing its independence.

“Alongside 36 other organisations, we have today called on all of Scotland’s party leaders to support putting the Poverty and Inequality into statute, and hope all parties can work together to achieve this.

“There is also an urgent need to do more to address fuel poverty and homelessness, so we welcome commitments to bring forward new legislation in these areas. It is vital that real action is taken to address critical areas. ”

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For more information contact Carla McCormack on 0141 353 0440 or email carla.mccormack@povertyalliance.org 


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