Sturgeon announces fresh plan to tackle child poverty

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. Picture; Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. Picture; Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans for a new Child Poverty Bill which she said would set out a fresh approach to tackling inequality.

She also announced the re-appointment of Naomi Eisenstadt as the Scottish Government independent poverty adviser for another year.

Around 220,000 children are officially recognised as living in poverty, according to the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said: “It is simply unacceptable that children are growing up in poverty and we must do all we can to tackle the inequality that still exists in 21st-century Scotland. We need to stop the cycle of poverty and prevent the next generation being born into poverty.”

Scottish Labour education spokesman and East Lothian MSP Iain Gray welcomed Ms Eisenstadt’s reappointment.

But he said: “We must do more to tackle inequality and improve lives and opportunity for all. Whilst we support the Scottish Government in their ambition to bring forward a Child Poverty Bill, we can’t change Scotland without doing things differently.

“This means using the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in our young people to reduce poverty and inequality or carrying on with SNP cuts.”