Scottish Budget Debate (Stage 1) Briefing

Post date: 
26 January 2022
Written by: 

Dave Morris

Policy and Parliamentary Officer

The Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland has published a briefing for MSPs ahead of the stage 1 debate on the Scottish budget on Thursday the 27th of January. You can find the full briefing below, however the key points are:

  • The Scottish Parliament unanimously agreed targets to reduce child poverty to less than 18% by 2023/24 and less than 10% by 2030. Latest official figures show around one in four children are still in poverty.
  • This budget will double the Scottish child payment to £20 per child per week from April 2022. This is a huge step on the path to meeting Scotland’s child poverty targets.
  • The budget should be revised to also double Scottish child payment bridging payments from April 2022. This will ensure families receive the support they will be entitled to on full rollout at a critical time when the cost of living crisis will be hitting them hard.
  • Wider action to remove barriers to employment and improve earnings for parents - particularly mothers, lone parents and those affected by disability – will be needed, alongside action to reduce the costs families face. The forthcoming Resource Spending Review will need to clearly show how resources will be allocated at the scale needed to meet the child poverty targets.
  • The budget should be revised to ensure full roll out of universal free school meals to P6 and P7 pupils from August 2022 as promised.