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Poverty and Inequality Commission

Role of the group

The Commission will provide independent advice to ministers and have a strong scrutiny role in monitoring progress towards tackling poverty and inequality.

It will also have an advocacy role to help bring about real reductions in poverty and inequality in Scotland.

It will be asked by ministers to provide advice to inform the first delivery plan of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which is due to be published by April 2018. The Commission will set its overall work plan by the end of 2017.

The Commission is independent of the Scottish Government and any information or documents published here are hosted on behalf of the Commission. This is temporary while the Commission establishes its own website.



  • Douglas Hamilton

Deputy Chairs

  • Naomi Eisenstadt
  • Kaliani Lyle


  • David Eiser
  • Hugh Foy
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Katie Schmuecker
  • Sally Witcher