Local Child Poverty Action

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 has initiated action across Scotland to reduce current child poverty targets in line with Ministerial effort. CPAG in Scotland is providing a wide range of support to local authorities, NHS Boards and others who are subject to a new Duty requiring them to make a step change in how they plan and deliver local and regional services and interventions.


Scottish Local Action Plan leads

CPAG in Scotland has provided support to officers in public authorities across Scotland with responsibility for child poverty for a number of years, as well as ensuring that their collective insights and ideas inform Scottish Government thinking concerning local actions to reduce child poverty.

Local Child Poverty Action Reports

The Scottish Government requires key public sector partners in all local authorities across Scotland to work to reduce child poverty; with local councils and NHS Boards mandated to take the lead in initiating new work, developing partnership working - and documenting its impact via the new Duty in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.

Glasgow Local Area Plan 2018 – 2019

Glasgow has a long tradition of partnership working to reduce child poverty involving public agencies, the third sector and people with lived experience. The first Glasgow Local Child Poverty Action Report 2018 – 2019 will bring that altogether for submission to the Scottish Government by summer 2018.

Glasgow Child Poverty Coordinator

CPAG in Scotland hosts the post of the Glasgow Child Poverty Coordinator – funded by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership – one of the few roles in Scotland specifically remitted to support local child poverty action in line with the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.

Child Poverty Participatory Budgeting Pilot: Calton Ward 2018 – 2019

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic way of community decision-making about the allocation and use of public funds. CPAG in Scotland is involved with a project funded by Glasgow City Council that is working with residents in the Calton Ward of Glasgow – where child poverty in some neighbourhoods runs at nearly 60% - to identify and fund innovative ideas to reduce child poverty through public voting.