As part of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017, Local Authorities and NHS Boards must jointly report annually on the activity they are taking, and will take, to reduce child poverty. These reports are called local child poverty action reports.
Here you can find information on when each report is due, what it should include and guidance on creating them.
When reports are due
The first report will cover the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
It should be published before 30 June 2019.
Guidance on creating reports
Specific strategic leadership for creating these reports will be decided locally. However, the Community Planning Partnership process could provide a helpful way to co-ordinate this work.
The Scottish Government have produced guidance on the steps involved in creating a local child poverty action report. This is available on their site.
What reports should include
Addressing the drivers of poverty
The reports should describe activity undertaken during each financial year to reduce child poverty. They should also include future activities that are planned.
You can find out more about the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and the targets it sets for 2030 on our reducing child poverty page.
It is recommended that any actions taken are informed by the drivers of poverty, which are
- income from employment
- costs of living
- income from social security and benefits in kind.
You can find out more about the drivers of poverty in our fundamental causes section.
Helping households with protected characteristics
The reports must also include reference to measures taken, or proposed to be taken, to support children living in households whose income is adversely affected, or whose expenditure has increased, because a member of the household has one or more protected characteristics. These are
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
Income maximisation for pregnant women and families with children
The reports must also include details of income maximisation measures taken in the area of the local authority during the reporting year to provide pregnant women and families with children with
- information, advice and assistance about eligibility for financial support
- assistance to apply for financial support.
You can find out more about how to provide this support in our financial inclusion referral pathways section.