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Question ref. S5W-29680
Asked by: Bob Doris, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 5 June 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the second annual progress report on child poverty will be published.

Current status: Answered by Aileen Campbell on 8 June 2020


Answer

Due to the unprecedented impact of Coronavirus we have made the difficult decision to delay preparation and publication of the 2019-20 Progress Report on Child Poverty, which was required by end June 2020.

This has allowed officials to focus efforts on protecting communities from the impacts of the virus in line with the powers provided by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

We will consult with the Poverty and Inequality Commission in relation to progress made and the further progress required, ensuring they have the time they need to consider this request.

Tackling child poverty remains an absolute priority and we are committed to publishing the report as soon as reasonably practicable in the circumstances.