Parliamentary committees should scrutinise the government’s poverty strategy, looking for cross-governmental cooperation, clear targets for reducing inequality and the inclusion of the views of those who experience poverty. Poverty, poor health, educational attainment and skills are inextricably linked, and the pandemic has further highlighted this relationship. The Scottish Government’s pledge to reduce child poverty a priority is admirable and ongoing progress should be examined by the committees. The impact of the pandemic on those living in poverty should also be examined as a matter of priority.


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