Social Renewal Advisory Board: Building Back Better – Bill Scott , Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission
The Covid 19 pandemic has heightened existing inequalities in Scottish society. Before the pandemic struck almost one in four children lived in poverty , however this rate was considerably higher for some families and groups including lone parents
The economic impacts of the pandemic could see more Scots households facing financial insecurity – with many experiencing sudden losses in income. For those without the relative protection of the furlough scheme, they have been exposed to the total inadequacy of the UK’s unemployment and sickness benefits – contributing to foodbank use doubling during the lockdown.
That is why it is so important that we Build Forward Better. The Scottish Government has responded well by making hundreds of millions of pounds available to assist individuals, families and communities affected by economic hardship. They have also brought together campaigners against inequalities and champions of social justice in the Social Renewal Advisory Board.
The challenge to the Board is to come up with recommendations that result in a fairer Scottish society emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. That challenge is an enormous one. It will require resources to achieve it that are equal to the Scottish Government’s ambitions. However, it is one that the Board’s members intend to bring all our collective experience and energies to.
Bill Scott , Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission