COSLA welcomes initial recommendations from the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Cllr Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson and Cllr Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young Persons Spokesperson jointly stated:

"COSLA welcomes the initial recommendations to Scottish Ministers from the Poverty and Inequality Commission and we look forward to working with Scottish Government as it sets out its first Child Poverty Delivery Plan in Spring 2018. 

The level of child poverty in Scotland is simply unacceptable. We know that our local authorities work closely with their partners and communities to make a difference. Their work is often bold and innovative and there is an increasing understanding of what works. 

Although substantial, local authority led success is constrained by diminishing resources, continuing economic and labour market challenges and benefit changes that can make life harder for some vulnerable families. 

To realise the step change that is needed, and accepting that local action is key to that, more resource will be required and its use is best directed by local experience and know-how." 

Article published: 
Mon, 26/02/2018 - 11:31