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TACKLING POVERTY AT HEART OF SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT BUDGET

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has highlighted aspects of the Scottish Government’s Budget, announced last week, which are aimed at tackling deep-seated poverty and inequality.

Roseanna said:

“Tackling poverty is a top priority for the SNP and for the Scottish Government, and I am pleased that the Budget announced last week contained many measures aimed at addressing those key issues.

“£68 million has been invested in the Scottish Child Payment, which will start paying out to eligible families in just two weeks’ time. The Tackling Child Poverty fund has been almost doubled.

“As well as mitigating the impact of UK Government welfare cuts, we are supporting carers, young people, and low-income families through a range of new benefits.

“Along with a whole host of other measures designed to address poverty and the problems it causes, this budget really does deliver for those in my Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency who are having the toughest time.”

 

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NOTES: To ensure all children have the best start in life, £68 million will be invested in the Scottish Child Payment, and £53 million will fund universal Free School Meals to all children in primary one, two and three.

Communities impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will continue to be supported through funds aimed at helping them recover and rebuild.

The 2021-22 Scottish Budget includes:

a near doubling of spending through the Tackling Child Poverty fund with £23.3 million of investment, and providing £6 million to local authorities to continue providing a school clothing grant worth at least £100 to every eligible child

£3.6 billion for social security to carers and those on low incomes

£150 million for fuel poverty and energy efficiency measures

£711.6 million for affordable housing and a new £55 million programme to support town centres

£32 million to promote equality and human rights, including actions to ensure this approach is embedded across government and the wider public sector

£15 million to further support children and young people with Additional Support Needs

more than £26 million of investment in the vital Third Sector

£81.6 million for projects to support community regeneration, town centres and 20 minute neighbourhoods – where people can meet their needs within a 20 minute walk from their home

over £12 million to support the Ending Homelessness Together action plan, including specific actions to scale up Housing First, end the use of communal night shelters, advance legislative protections for people experiencing domestic abuse and explore alternative routes to reduce migrant homelessness.

 

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