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Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland, 15/03/11 [S]

The Scottish Government has published Scotland's first ever national strategy to tackle child poverty.

The national strategy sets out a range of cross-government pledges including:

  • Increasing the number of parents in employment - through initiatives such as Community Jobs Scotland and offering record numbers of apprenticeships
  • Reducing the squeeze on family incomes - school clothing grants, freezing council tax, scrapping prescription charges and providing free heating help
  • Encouraging positive parenting skills - help for parents to provide nurturing homes through projects such as You First for vulnerable families and the Family Nurse Partnership which offers support for first-time teenage parents over two years
  • Better housing and communities - building new affordable housing in mixed income communities with more green spaces, recreational and sport facilities
  • Giving all children more chances to learn - financial support for young people to remain in education through the Education Maintenance Allowance
For full details see Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland
News release