Response to Scottish spending review

Published on: 
01 June 2022
Written by: 

John Dickie

Director of CPAG in Scotland

For immediate release

31 May 2022

 

“Absolutely right that tackling child poverty is a top priority” say campaigners in response to Scottish spending review

· “Scottish government must harness Scotland’s wealth to deliver direct action on child poverty without cutting the wider services critical to children’s wellbeing.”

·“We need to take tough tax and spending decisions as a country, not leave the impossible choices to those on the lowest incomes”

 

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Spending Review the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said

 

“It is absolutely right that tackling child poverty is a top priority within the Scottish governments spending plans. That means direct investment in Scottish social security, in childcare, in housing and in removing the barriers parents face securing decent jobs. But it must also mean sustaining investment in the wider local services, like schools, transport, family support and leisure facilities, that families rely on to give their children the best start in life. There is no shortage of wealth or income in Scotland. The Finance Secretary must review all the tax and spending powers available to her to harness the resources needed to deliver direct action on child poverty without cutting the wider services critical to children’s wellbeing. We need to take tough tax and spending decisions as a country, not leave the impossible choices to those on the lowest incomes.”

 

ENDS

 

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Note: CPAG in Scotland’s response to the Scottish government spending review framework can be found here