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Child Poverty and the Attainment Gap

Why Holyrood or other governments can’t fix it

Since iScot is for those o independent mind, I was thinking independently and laterally whether poverty could be changed in an independent Scotland and sadly, realised it can’t be. And it’s nothing to do with wanting independence.

With current Scottish child poverty statistics at approximately 1:5 children (about 210,000) and an undeniable effect on educational attainment, Holyrood is commendable for its initiative to tackle what other OECD governments have tried unsuccessfully to do.

The number of Scottish children in abject poverty is shameful for such a resource rich, first world country. And I hear the battlecry, ‘But when we’re independent…it’s all Westminster’s fault’. Tragically, for 210,000 children, independence won’t fix it either. It’s a global problem, on governments’ agendas around the world. Organisations and government bodies continually produce reports, all making recommendations and while some parts may get fixed, on the whole nothing really changes. I’ve been part of that system in Australia and even as I wrote reports I frustratingly knew nothing would really come of them. It was an uphill battle in a system run and designed to keep politicians happy.

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann