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Social Exclusion Written Answer, 04/05/10 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Irene Oldfather's (Lad) question asking the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders in Scotland regarding the promotion of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

The Minister for Housing and Communities, Alex Neil, replied that Scottish Government officials have been working with stakeholders since early 2009 on the preparations for, and launch of, the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

The Department for Work and Pensions are working in partnership with Scottish Government and the other devolved administrations to co-ordinate the UK National Programme for the European Year, being taken forward by a range of stakeholder groups. This includes awareness raising documentaries being produced by Poverty Alliance in Scotland.

Scottish Government also sponsor and work closely with the Poverty Alliance on promotion of the year including funding and support for a seminar in September 2009, to encourage early engagement with the European Year. Save the Children Scotland have also been supported by Scottish Government to raise awareness as part of the European Year, for a programme of local engagement centred around their travelling Museum of Poverty.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 3 - 7 May 2010 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 3 - 7 May 2010