‘Legislation alone will not reduce child poverty’ - Rumbles


Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today said a new law to reduce child poverty will be meaningless unless the Scottish Government matches them with new resources to help families.

Mr Rumbles was speaking as the First Minister announced that she would bring forward a new Child Poverty Bill.

Commenting, Mr Rumbles said: “Any move to reduce the number of children living in poverty is to be welcomed, but unless the new law is matched with new money it is hard to see what difference this will make for families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The SNP have a record of putting targets in law to support a press release or two and then failing to ensure that proper resources are devoted to hitting their new, legally binding goals. Climate change targets the SNP heralded as the toughest in the world were missed for years on end. The same goes for homelessness, mental health, A&E waiting times, cancer treatment times and any number of other things.

“No right minded person wants to see a single child being forced to grow up in poverty. But legislation in and of itself will not be enough to change things.”

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