Tackling child poverty delivery plan: progress report 2022 to 2023

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


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 To note that the priority family type most at risk of child poverty is households with a baby aged under 1. However, due to limited sample sizes, the persistent poverty measure was expanded to include children under 5 as a proxy.

3 The Cost of Living Crisis in Scotland: analytical report - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

4 Poverty in Scotland 2022 | JRF.

5 Housing statistics quarterly update: new housebuilding and affordable housing supply - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

6 Supporting documents - Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

7 This data is available in the yearly AHSP Out-turn report from 2020-2021 which is available on: Affordable Housing Supply Programme: out-turn report 2020-2021 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot). The estimate for number of households with children is based on assumption of approximately a third of households going into affordable housing having children.

8 Early learning and childcare - parents' views and use: survey findings 2022 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) // Decisions influencing early learning and childcare use: understanding social policies and social contexts - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

9 Scottish Household Survey 2021 - telephone survey: key findings - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

10 Building a New Scotland - gov.scot (www.gov.scot). Scottish Government calculation based on forecasts from Scottish Fiscal Commission and Office for Budget Responsibility.

11 Executive Summary - Welfare reform - impact on households with children: report - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

12 New policy implemented from 1 Jan 2023, therefore spending covers Q4 2023 only. At the time, 98% of capped households contained children.

13 Projected resource for Spring 2022 payment allocated in 2022-23.

14 Budget was reduced from a budget allocation of £25m in 2022-23 at the Emergency Budget Review.

15 Total grant funding given to the Family Fund in 2022-23 was £2.974m to provide grants, advice and support to low-income families in Scotland raising disabled or seriously ill children.

16 Was invested in early June 2023.

17 The estimate of the policy’s spend targeted at children in 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 (23% in 2022).

18 Includes investment in 2022 Summer Programme; Access to Childcare Fund; and Early Adopting Communities.

19 These figures now combine advice services and the Money Talk Team.

20 £935,000 and a £700,000 underspend.


Email: tcpu@gov.scot

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