In Angus we are committed to eradicating child poverty and achieving the community planning vision:
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets out the Scottish Government’s statement of intent to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030.
The subsequent national Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022, Every Child, Every Chance recognises that poverty is fundamentally about a lack of income. As a result, targets within the Act focus primarily on income measures, while the Delivery Plan actions are focused on increasing family incomes or reducing costs.
Although the greatest impact on child poverty will occur through nationally set policies and strategies, it is recognised that local agencies and communities have much to offer. As a result, the Act requires Community Planning Partnerships and Local Health Boards to jointly report, annually, on activities undertaken at a local level to further mitigate the impacts of child poverty.
This Local Action Plan for Angus outlines the challenges faced, how this plan links to existing activity, what we intend to do over the 2019/20 financial year and some areas we would like to explore further in the future.
Between 1st April and 30th June 2019, we will produce a report detailing our progress against this action plan. This will be submitted to the Scottish Government, and to a newly created Poverty and Inequality Commission, for external scrutiny of our progress.