Addressing child poverty through parental employment

Closed 5 Apr 2023

Opened 8 Feb 2023

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The Social Justice and Social Security Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into addressing child poverty through parental employment.

Inquiry to date

We have so far received written submissions from Local Employment Partnerships through a focused call for views. We have also attended focus groups and visits in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Uist to hear about people’s experiences and get a strategic overview of local issues and opportunities. The submissions and notes from each visit are available in the ‘Engagement’ section of the inquiry webpage.

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form.

We are keen to hear from people across Scotland and are particularly interested in the views and experience of:

  • employers
  • lone parents
  • people from an ethnic minority background
  • families with a disabled adult or child
  • young mothers (under 25)
  • parents to a child under the age of one
  • families with three, or more, children
  • organisations who provide support

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below. The call for views is composed of ten pages. It is not necessary to answer every question.

  1. What changes to childcare provision in Scotland could have the greatest impact on child poverty?
  2. Who should any extension of free or subsidised childcare be offered to?
  3. What age groups should be prioritised for further expansion of childcare?
  4. What type of childcare could work best to serve the needs of parents in employment or seeking employment?
  5. What improvements to public transport could support parents?
  6. What can the Scottish Government do to increase the supply of well-paid, secure employment that works for parents?
  7. Are population changes in your area affecting local employment opportunities? If so, how?
  8. What steps would be helpful at ensuring those not currently employed, and are looking for work, are supported?
  9. Do you feel that parents who want to improve their employment options have sufficient access to education and training in your area? If not, what could be improved?
  10. What can employers do to offer more family friendly and flexible working conditions?
  11. What do employers need from the Scottish Government to offer family friendly and flexible working conditions?
  12. What could the Scottish Government prioritise to help parents into work and better paid jobs?
  13. If the Scottish Government wants to help parents into work and better paid jobs, which changes should be its priority?
  14. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

The call for views closed on 5 April 2023.


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