30 January 2019

The government has only met 4 out of 15 recommendations from its own anti-poverty adviser, a progress report today reveals.

In 2015 the government appointed Naomi Eisenstadt as Scotland’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, and a report with a series of recommendations was published in January 2016.

The report became the subject of controversy as freedom of information requests revealed that earlier drafts of the report highlight the impact of local government cuts – but these warnings did not make the final report.

A progress report today shows that, three years on, only 4 out of 15 recommendations have been properly met.

Labour said the report summed up the SNP’s attitude to tackling poverty – warm words but not enough action.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the eradication of poverty and inequality, Elaine Smith, said:

“This is a bitterly disappointing report card from the government on tackling poverty.

“We desperately need to see real action and progress on ending poverty, moving beyond warm words – three years on from the report, only meeting 4 out of 15 recommendations simply is not good enough.

“Poverty scars our communities and holds our economy back. Eliminating it should be the driving force of any government.

“That’s why Labour would poverty-proof all of our policies in government, use the social security powers to increase child benefit and end the two child cap, and make the richest pay their fair share with a 50p top rate of tax."

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