Fairer Scotland

Poverty and Inequality Commission

September 27, 2018 by No Comments

We recently advertised the role of Chair of the new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission, and will be accepting applications until midnight on 5th October 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future policy landscape in Scotland and to influence key decisions to build a fairer and more inclusive society.

This appointment comes at a very important time for Scotland.  We stand at a turning point where we can make a significant positive impact to the lives of the people who live here.  We are committed to creating a fairer and more prosperous country, where poverty rates are amongst the lowest in Europe, and where there is genuine equality of opportunity for all.

We have recently legislated, in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017, to set ambitious targets to reduce child poverty by 2030.  We have also published our first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the next step in realising our ambitions to end child poverty.

Alongside this, as a government we are taking a wide range of action to tackle and reduce poverty and inequality across Scotland, as set out in the Fairer Scotland Action Plan.  And this year sees the opening of the new social security agency, Social Security Scotland, marking a fundamental shift in the delivery of social security as a human right underpinned by the values of dignity, fairness and respect.  With new powers being devolved, we will have real opportunities to make different choices, to improve lives and make Scotland fairer.

As a new public body, the Poverty and Inequality Commission will be a valuable resource for Scotland – not only to undertake the statutory duties to monitor, advise on and challenge our progress on ending child poverty, but also to advise more widely on poverty and inequality in the round.

The role of Chair is a particularly important one and will form the cornerstone of the new Commission; helping to recruit the wider membership and make preparations ahead of the launch on 1 July 2019.  The Chair will lead the Commission, making sure it functions effectively and that it uses its strong voice to shape the policy landscape in Scotland in years to come.  Members of the Commission will work closely with Parliament and stakeholders – including equality groups and those with lived experience of poverty – to deliver considered advice to Ministers and to scrutinise progress on our ambitions.  They will also lead the Commission’s advocacy work, promoting the importance of key issues with business and wider civic society.

I am keen that through this appointment round we receive applications from a range of suitable candidates who will bring the skills, experience and passion needed to make this Commission a success.

Ultimately, I want to see a Commission that provides a strong independent voice in Scotland, one which works from evidence and seeks to positively inform debate.  The successful appointment of the Chair is a crucial element to make sure that happens


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