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Barnardo’s Scotland welcomes strategy to tackle child poverty

Release Date: 10 Mar 2014

Barnardo's Scotland welcomes the launch of the Scottish Government's new strategy to tackle child poverty in Scotland. The strategy launched on Monday 10 March, by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will set out how the Scottish Government will use its powers to meet the targets set by the Child Poverty Act to end child poverty in Scotland by 2020.

Speaking as the strategy was launched, Mark Ballard, Head of Policy for Barnardo’s Scotland said:

The opportunity that Ministers have given to private and voluntary sector representatives to help shape the revision of the strategy has been extremely important in ensuring the experience of those working at the front line has been fed in.

Barnardo’s Scotland is very pleased that the aspiration to have a Scotland where no child is disadvantaged by poverty remains central to the strategy, and welcomes the renewed commitment by the Scottish Government to eliminating child poverty.

The refreshed strategy highlights the importance of focussing on early years and mitigating the impacts of welfare reform. However, it also recognises that groups of young people, such as care leavers and those in care, are particularly vulnerable to poor economic outcomes. Building on the good work on the recently agreed Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, we believe this strategy indicates that eliminating child poverty will be a key element of the Scottish Government’s aspiration to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

As Community Planning Partnerships develop their local approaches to delivering services for children, we look forward to measures to tackle child poverty being a key focus.

Mark Ballard is Barnardo's Scotland Head of Policy who, in his role as a Ministerial Advisor on Child Poverty, was consulted extensively on the development of the new strategy and highlighted the importance of the strategy in reaffirming the Scottish Government's commitment to eradicating child poverty.

ENDS

Notes to editor

Barnardo’s Scotland works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk/scotland to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children. Twitter: @BarnardosScotFacebook: Barnardo’s Scotland

Media inquiries to: Katrina Slater media office – Barnardo’s Scotland; telephone 0131 314 6631 or 020 8 498 7555 (24 hours); email: katrina.slater@barnardos.org.uk


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