Child Poverty Action Group has today published estimates of the costs to the economy and government generated by child poverty rates in every local authority and constituency in the UK.
The local authority estimates, produced by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University, have been produced as part of wider work by CPAG to support local authorities tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.
Commenting on the local costs of child poverty in Scotland, John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, said:
“The good news is that reducing child poverty benefits everyone by cutting the costs to local authority services and boosting the local economy, but many people will be shocked to hear that so many children in every local area in Scotland are living in poverty.
It is therefore vital that local authorities do all within their powers to protect families in their area against poverty by, for example, removing childcare barriers to work, ensuring families have access to benefits and tax credits advice and investing in reducing the costs families face by extending free school meals and increasing school clothing grants.
We hope that local campaigners will be able to use these figures to encourage their local councillors to do more to end child poverty in their area and support those families facing the greatest hardship.”
For more details, including the full report and UK data, see our full press release.