Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Scottish Government introduced the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill on 9 February 2017.  The Bill establishes a framework for reducing child poverty and puts in place mechanisms to assess progress.  The Bill does not extend to specific policy measures that could contribute to reducing child poverty. 

It establishes statutory targets to be met by Scottish Ministers relating to child poverty and a requirement to prepare delivery plans and annual progress reports.  The Bill requires local authorities and health boards to report jointly on what local actions are being taken to contribute to meeting targets.

SPICe Briefings

Read the SPICe Briefing

Stage 1

The Social Security Committee is the lead Committee scrutinising the legislation and began taking evidence, on the Bill, at Stage 1, in March.


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on the Bill which can be accessed via the link below.  The deadline for written submissions was Thursday 23 March 2017.

Read the call for evidence

Read the written submissions received

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 27 March and 20 April. It will also take evidence on 27 April 2017.

Read the meeting papers and the Official Reports