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Get Heard Scotland announced as part of Scottish Government poverty plan

Posted: 29/03/2018

Get Heard Scotland announced as part of Scottish Government poverty plan

Get Heard Scotland announced as part of Scottish Government poverty plan

The Scottish Government’s plan for tackling child poverty was published today, with a new programme being established in partnership with the Poverty Alliance to ensure that people with experience of poverty have their voices heard by policy-makers.

The initiative, Get Heard Scotland, will aim to help engage with people living on low incomes and those working on the issues within communities. It will identify new actions, clarify what works and what doesn’t, and allow more people to contribute directly to the development of anti-poverty policy in Scotland.

It will form part of the Scottish Government’s wider plan for tackling poverty, which also includes commitments to:

  • A new income supplement for families
  • A minimum school clothing grant
  • New support for childcare after school and in the holidays

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“Whether it is building a new Scottish social security system upon principles of dignity and respect, making it easier for people to access fair work, or improving services in local communities, there is much that can be done to loosen the grip of child poverty in Scotland.

“This new Child Poverty Delivery Plan should help us all focus on the solutions we must implement if we are to solve poverty. To be successful, and to ensure that we are finding the right solutions to address child poverty, we need to listen to the experience of those who are dealing with the realities of poverty.”

 “In Scotland we now have ambitious long term targets to end child poverty. Everyone has a role to play in helping us reach these targets, and it is critical that those who are experience poverty or who are helping tackling it at the grassroots have their voices heard. This new programme will aim to do just that.”

 

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