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First progress report on Fairer Scotland Action Plan

Public sector bodies now have a duty to consider what more they can do to reduce poverty and inequality when making decisions.
The Fairer Scotland Duty, the first action in the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and the first of its kind in the UK, comes into force in April 2018. Public sector bodies including the Scottish Government, NHS and local authorities, will have a duty to tackle social and economic disadvantage in local areas.
Actions that have been completed include:
  • The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill unanimously passed by Parliament.
  • Establishing a National Poverty and Inequality Commission
  • Establishing a £29 million fund dedicated to tackling poverty
  • Delivering the first baby boxes of basic essentials
  • Funding two new organisations in Dundee and North Ayrshire to help people with direct experience of poverty speak out to improve public services.



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