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Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017

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Targets relating to child povertyS

12030 targetsS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must ensure that the 2030 targets are met in the financial year beginning with 1 April 2030.

(2)The 2030 targets are that, of children living in households in Scotland—

(a)less than 10% fall within section 3 (relative poverty),

(b)less than 5% fall within section 4 (absolute poverty),

(c)less than 5% fall within section 5 (combined low income and material deprivation),

(d)less than 5% fall within section 6 (persistent poverty).

2Interim targetsS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must ensure that the interim targets are met in the financial year beginning with 1 April 2023.

(2)The interim targets are that, of children living in households in Scotland—

(a)less than 18% fall within section 3 (relative poverty),

(b)less than 14% fall within section 4 (absolute poverty),

(c)less than 8% fall within section 5 (combined low income and material deprivation),

(d)less than 8% fall within section 6 (persistent poverty).

3Relative povertyS

A child falls within this section in a financial year if the child lives in a household whose equivalised net income for the year is less than 60% of median equivalised net household income for the year.

4Absolute povertyS

(1)A child falls within this section in a financial year if the child lives in a household whose equivalised net income for the year is less than 60% of the amount of median equivalised net household income for the financial year beginning with 1 April 2010, adjusted to take account of changes in the value of money since that financial year.

(2)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations substitute a different date for the date mentioned for the time being in subsection (1).

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) are subject to the affirmative procedure.

5Combined low income and material deprivationS

A child falls within this section in a financial year if the child—

(a)lives in a household whose equivalised net income for the year is less than 70% of median equivalised net household income for the year, and

(b)experiences material deprivation in the year.

6Persistent povertyS

(1)A child falls within this section in a financial year if the child has lived—

(a)in each of the survey years, in a household in Scotland, and

(b)in at least 3 of the survey years, in a household whose equivalised net income for the survey year was less than 60% of median equivalised net household income for the survey year.

(2)The survey years are—

(a)the calendar year that ends during the financial year, and

(b)the 3 previous calendar years.

7Calculation of net household incomeS

(1)For the purposes of this Act, the deductions to be made in calculating net household income include housing costs.

(2)In this Act—

  • equivalised”, in relation to household income, means adjusted to take account of variations in household size and composition,

  • median equivalised net household income” means the median equivalised net household income for the United Kingdom.

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