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.

Stage 1

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


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

Read the call for evidence

Read the written submissions received