Child poverty in Scotland half the rate of England due to SNP actions

action to meet targets – that’s according to MSPs on Holyrood’s Health and Social Care Committee.

No doubt they’ll claim it was a very short report with no time for any meaningful context or actual evidence for the headline claim but that’s just an excuse for bias.

It’s not clear how the story got to the BBC but Sandesh Gulhane is on the committee and always keen to leak.

What did the story miss and need to be good journalism? Well, first, this:

Child poverty in Scotland is at half the rate of England. Why?

Two reasons. More affordable housing (https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/poverty-scotland-2021) and the Child Payment:

The Scottish Government’s decisive and compassionate move to bring in the new Scottish Child Payment is the lifeline children and their families need, and is a beacon of progressive policy for the rest of the UK.

https://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/scottish-child-payment-will-turn-tide-child-poverty

What is the Child Payment, unique to Scotland?

Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It’s a weekly payment of £20 that you can get for every child you look after who’s under 6 years of age. You’ll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.

https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment#:~:text=Contents&text=Scottish%20Child%20Payment%20helps%20towards,if%20your%20application%20is%20successful.

4 thoughts on “Child poverty in Scotland half the rate of England due to SNP actions

  1. The English government rely on people being ignorant of facts, and the programme here shows that very clearly. Who knows where they found the audience many of who bizarrely have very shiney faces that would crack if they even tried to smile in agreement, with John Nicolson MP. The audience seem as if they were instructed to look thoroughly moronic. The ignoramus at the end is especially telling, people must be very confused, and or not have access to the internet to check which powers are reserved to Westminster.

    John Nicholson, v everyone else in the room positively beaming with cringe. Crikey.
    Hope the link works and hope it’s ok to post it here.

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    1. The audience should be educated in the electorate systems designed to stop a majority, they even brought in to top up list or additional members voting paper to stop that with a very handicapping counting system.

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  2. FPTP the SNP would have a massive majority. 1 million votes go in the bin to let 3rd rate unionist politicians in. There is a quota. Not democratic. The unionist scheme imposed on Scotland. STV – council elections. People having to vote for parties they cannot stand.

    45% of any vote in the UK is a massive majority. Never achieved in any UK election.

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