Best Start, Bright Futures - tackling child poverty: progress report 2023 to 2024

The second annual progress report for 'Best Start, Bright Futures: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026'. Outlining action for the period 2023 to 2024.


1 Priority family types include: Lone parent Families, the large majority of which are headed by women; Families which include a disabled adult or child; Families with three or more children; Minority ethnic families; Families with a child under one year old; Families where the mother is under 25 years of age

2 Consumer price inflation, UK - Office for National Statistics

3 Economic and fiscal outlook – March 2024 - Office for Budget Responsibility (

4 Tackling child poverty - progress report 2022 to 2023: annex d - cost of living focus report - (

5 The Cost of Living Crisis in Scotland: analytical report - (

6 Inclusive of Pupil Equity Fund and Scottish Attainment Challenge investment.

7 Based on DWP statsxplore data. Reflects outturn figures for 2023-24.

8 The estimate of the policy’s spend targeted at low income households was calculated as a proportion based on the latest Scottish Government statistics of all children that are in relative poverty after housing costs (24% in 2020-23).

9 Inclusive of spend through Welfare Advice and Health Partnerships and the Advice in Accessible Settings Fund (ASF). ASF targeted spend calculated based on project level data.

10 Inclusive of a range of funding, including to Money Talk Team, One Parent Families Scotland, Advice Direct Scotland and Stepchange. Calculated using both project level data and proportion of people in poverty who are children.

11 13% of beneficiaries of bedroom tax mitigation were families, based on DWP statsxplore data. Proportion of people in poverty who are children applied to budget for other DHPs.

12 Includes investment through Area Based Schemes, Wamer Homes Scotland, spend focused on social housing and affordable housing and a proportion of funding for advice through Home Energy Scotland which is likely to benefit low income households.

13 Funding inclusive of Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Place Based Investment Programme and Communities Empowerment Programme.

14 Based on funding allocated to families with children, as of end December 2023.

15 Estimated based on management information.



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