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The Poverty Alliance - What can we do to reach the Scottish child poverty targets?
When: 10:00, Friday 20 August 2021 Where: Zoom call, online This event is being organised by The Poverty Alliance This particular event is free to attend, so no payment is required.
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As part of the Poverty Alliance's Get Heard Scotland programme, the organisation is organising a series of summer seminars that will discuss key issues in relation to addressing child poverty in Scotland. These webinars are designed to stimulate discussion and ideas that will be fed into the development of the next Child Poverty Delivery Plan (CPDP), due to be published in 2022, and covering the period up to 2026.
The webinars will bring together a range of speakers who will explore the context and background of addressing child poverty in Scotland. The webinars are free and open to everyone who has an interest in finding effective solutions to child poverty.
This second webinar in the series will look at how we can Scotland can meet the interim child poverty targets in 2024 and how we can lay the basis for reaching the targets set for 2030. Scotland has some powers to directly address low incomes, and some ability to indirectly influence incomes. This webinar will ask what commitments should the next CPDP contain to ensure that we make progress in reducing income poverty, and how we can make further progress in the future. This event will take place at 10:00 on 20 August 2021.
The speakers are:
• Emma Congreve, is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute, leading their work on poverty, inequality and inclusive growth. She will look at some of the modelling carried out by FAI on the challenges of meeting the 2030 targets.
• John Dickie, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland. John is the Director of CPAG Scotland. He will look at the importance of taking immediate steps to boost incomes to reach the interim child poverty targets, including increasing the Scottish Child Payment.
• Rachel Statham, Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland. Rachel is a Senior Research Fellow at IPPR Scotland. Rachel will be talking about the role of a Minimum Income Guarantee in tackling poverty.
Following the inputs there will be an opportunity for questions, debate and discussion.