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.