No progress on Scottish child poverty



Progress in tacking child poverty in Scotland has stalled, with more than one in five children living in poverty. A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report found there had been no improvement in the number of children living in poverty in the past five years, despite commitment to halve poverty levels by 2017 and eradicate it entirely by 2017. The report wants the Scottish government to do more to tackle the issue including improving employment opportunities for parents, introducing a living wage, and improving access to affordable quality childcare. It is estimated that 21 per cent of Scottish children live in poverty.