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Support for Poverty Oral Question, 4/02/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 4 February 2015 Christina McKelvie (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what support it provides to people facing poverty.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess replied, that the Scottish Government are committed to tackling the long-term drivers of poverty through early intervention and prevention. That is why, over this session of Parliament, we plan to invest more than 1.7 billion in affordable housing and why, over a three-year period, we are spending around a quarter of a billion pounds on fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes. It is also why we have contributed to collective investment of more than 274 million in the early years change fund.

Further to that, the First Minister outlined a range of actions to tackle poverty and inequality in the programme for government. As part of that, we are having to provide more than 104 million of devolved funding in 2015-16 to mitigate the welfare cuts that are being imposed by Westminster.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 4 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 4 February 2015