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Achieving Our Potential: A Framework to tackle poverty and income inequality in Scotland

DescriptionAchieving Our Potential: A Framework to tackle poverty and income inequality in Scotland
ISBN978-0-7559-5881
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2008
Website Publication DateNovember 24, 2008

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Contents

SECTION 1 FOREWORDS
Foreword by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
Foreword by Councillor Harry McGuigan, Community Safety and Wellbeing Spokesperson, COSLA

SECTION 2 INTRODUCTION
Why poverty and income inequality matter
A fresh approach
How our policies work together
What this Framework will do

SECTION 3 INCOME INEQUALITY AND POVERTY IN SCOTLAND - WHAT THE EVIDENCE AND THE CONSULTATION TOLD US
Poverty
Income inequality
What the consultation told us

SECTION 4 WHAT WE HAVE DONE ALREADY
Key actions by Scottish Government
Key actions by local government

SECTION 5 OUR APPROACH
i. Tackling income inequality
What the evidence says
What more we will do
Making work pay
Maximise the potential for people to work
Maximising income for all
ii. Longer-term measures to tackle poverty and the drivers of low income
What the evidence says
What more we will do
Providing children and young people with the best start in life
Supporting the broader effort to deal with the health inequalities in our society
Promoting equality and tackling discrimination
Delivering good quality affordable housing for all
Regenerating disadvantaged communities
iii. Supporting those experiencing poverty
What the evidence says
What more we will do
Replace the Council Tax with a fairer Local Income Tax
Supporting those who face hardship as a result of rising energy prices
Put in place measures to provide greater financial inclusion and address the stigma of poverty
iv. Making the Benefits and Tax Credits system work better for Scotland
What more we will do
v. Supporting partners and engaging wider society
Support for Community Planning Partnerships
Learning from our neighbours
Supporting the Third Sector
Community empowerment
The Private Sector
Monitoring progress
National Outcomes and Indicators