We want Scotland to be a place where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect, and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally.
- are developing a strategy, out for consultation until April 2018, on tackling loneliness and social isolation
- are tackling child poverty by addressing the underlying causes of deprivation and improving the circumstances in which children grow up
- are working to create a social security system in Scotland based on dignity, fairness and respect
- have published our Fairer Scotland Action Plan to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland
- fund a range of organisations working to reduce poverty and promote social justice
- are taking action to help people manage funeral costs
- have appointed an Independent Adviser on Poverty and Inequality to scrutinise what we are doing and advise on what more can be done
- have adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include ending poverty, ensuring access to education and achieving gender equality
Fairer Scotland is our long-term initiative to create a fairer country. We are working with communities and learning from those with real experience of inequalities and poverty to shape our policies. Further information is available on the Fairer Scotland website.
Our ultimate aim is to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty, inequality and deprivation.
Further information about income and poverty is available from:
Bills and legislation
The Child Poverty Act 2010 set targets for the eradication of child poverty.
Telephone: 0131 244 4000 or 0300 244 4000 (for local rate throughout UK and for mobiles)
Social Justice Strategy Unit
Area 1J South
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ