Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the passage of the Child Poverty Bill is a starting point not a destination as he pressed the government to take ambitious action to ensure that the scourge of child poverty is addressed.
Speaking after the passage of the bill, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Having worked in and alongside charities and groups campaigning to end child poverty all of my adult life, I’m pleased that so many of these great organisations have influenced this Bill, pressing the government to move a considerable distance.
“Alongside efforts to address the financial health of our nations’ families, we must not forget the more insidious poverty of aspiration, where children growing up in families that have experienced generations of unemployment and economic inactivity do not seek social mobility for themselves and the unique challenges faced by the 15,000 children in our care system.
“This bill sets out targets as a destination, it is up to us now to book both passage and the means of travel and ensure that the goals set out in this bill are achieved.”