Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017

Closes 13 Sep 2024

Opened 10 Jul 2024


The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 aims to measure, tackle and report on child poverty in Scotland. 

The Act:

  • sets the Scottish Government targets to reduce the number of children experiencing the effects of poverty by 2030
  • requires Scottish Ministers and public bodies to create delivery plans and reports to help reach those targets

The Committee will examine the impact of the Act since it came into effect.

Find out more about the background to the Act and the Committee's scrutiny.

About this call for views

We're particularly keen to hear from:

  • organisations in the third sector
  • organisations in the private sector
  • local authorities
  • health boards
  • academics
  • anyone with direct experience of the implementation of the Act

Key questions in this call for views

  1. The Act introduced a statutory framework for reducing child poverty. What difference has that framework made to the way the Scottish Government has approached reducing child poverty?

Child poverty targets, delivery plans and reporting requirements are underpinned by the legislative framework in the Act.

  1. What difference has the statutory framework made to the way local authorities and health boards have approached reducing child poverty?
  2. What difference has having the targets, delivery plans and reporting requirements built into the Act made at a national level?
  3. The Act set up several scrutiny measures. How effective have these been?
  4. If you were involved in scrutiny of the Bill in 2016/17, has it had the impact you expected?
  5. What does the implementation of the Act tell us about the effectiveness or otherwise of statutory targets as a way of driving policy?
  6. Do you have any other comments?

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below.

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

The call for views closes on Friday 13 September 2024.


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