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This briefing paper provides an overview of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017. In 2015 the UK Government decided to remove the four child poverty income targets from its legislation. The Scottish Government opted out of the revised UK approach and introduced its own income targets for child poverty reduction. These are written into legislation under this Act.

You may also find our guidance paper on concepts and definitions of poverty, low income and economic disadvantage useful. 


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