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Povery in the Highlands and Islands Oral Question 4/02/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 4 February 2015 Rhoda Grant (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle poverty in the Highlands and Islands.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess replied, that in reply to Christina McKelvie, I outlined the national approach that we are taking to tackling poverty. However the challenges of living in rural areas are well understood. Increasing travel and fuel costs and difficulties with access to digital services can often have greater impact in rural areas such as the Highlands and Islands. We are working with others on research to share our understanding of how we can better target support to the rural areas of greatest need. In response to the “2014: Rural Scotland in Focus Report”, we are also refining socioeconomic index tools that will better measure poverty and disadvantage across a rural area. That will help us to better target support to the rural areas of greatest need.

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