Source: Labour List UK
Richard Leonard has called on the SNP government in Holyrood to tackle the “scourge of child poverty” after a new report has revealed that Scotland is currently on track to miss its targets.
Responding to a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published on Monday that found that 230,000 children are currently growing up in poverty in Scotland, he said that the “stark evidence” should be a call for action for Nicola Sturgeon.
Leonard called on the Scottish government to significantly increase the coverage of the forthcoming Scottish child payment, which is intended to support low-income households with children.
Commenting on the new report, the Scottish Labour leader said: “In the midst of the pandemic, it has become even more difficult for many people to enjoy a good quality of life – something that everyone deserves.
“Ministers must listen to all those who are campaigning to eradicate poverty, and act, starting by implementing an interim payment equivalent in value to the forthcoming Scottish child payment until it can be rolled out, as well as looking at ways to increase this payment’s reach…