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CAS welcomes Child Poverty Bill

Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Bill, but has called on the government to set specific and achievable targets.

CAS spokesman Rob Gowans says,

“We support the Scottish Government’s ambition to eradicate child poverty; and were pleased to contribute our views and evidence to the consultation last year. We are keen to work with the government to make sure these objectives are met. It is important however that this ambition is backed up by a clear strategy with specific, measurable and deliverable actions.

“CAB advisers across Scotland deal every week with too many families who are unable to pay the bills and put food on the table. It is clear from our evidence that the safety nets that are meant to prevent poverty are not working properly, and that action is needed to address the problem.

“There is a role in this for both the UK and Scottish governments and for all 32 Councils as well as the voluntary sector. We should all be able to get behind a strategy to ensure that no child in Scotland should suffer poverty in the 21st century.”