Classroom of children to enter poverty in Scotland each day for five years without urgent action

May 23, 2019 by

A CLASSROOM of children will enter poverty in Scotland each day for the next five years if urgent action is not taken to boost benefits, a think tank has warned.

The independent think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland, with the social policy charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has called on the Scottish Government to implement it’s “income supplement” much sooner than a proposed date of 2022 to help curb the trend.

Without urgent action to bring in the supplement, the Scottish Government would fail to meet its targets for reducing child poverty in Scotland – and instead levels would rise dramatically, they say.

Scottish Government poverty statistics in April show that child poverty has crept up, with an estimated 240,000 children now living in poverty in Scotland – representing just under a quarter of all children.

The calculation is based on the number of children living in households where income after housing costs is below 60% of the UK median – known as “relative poverty”.

Source: Classroom of children to enter poverty in Scotland each day for five years without urgent action | HeraldScotland

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