Tackling Child Poverty in Midlothian: Challenges & Opportunities


Scotland has ambitious targets to reduce child poverty by 2030. Delivering on these targets will require action from national and local government in Scotland, as well as from organisations in the third and private sectors. But what actions will make the biggest difference, what matters most to people living on low incomes, and what do we know about what works right now?

June 2019 will see the publication of new Local Child Poverty Action Reports from Local Authorities and Health Boards across Scotland, an important moment in the development of Scotland’s approach to tackling poverty. This event will look at the opportunities and challenges that exist in Midlothian for addressing child and family poverty. Specifically during the event we will

  • discuss the commitments that are being made in the new Midlothian Local Child Poverty Action Report;
  • to hear more about the approaches that are being taken across Scotland;
  • to look at how community and voluntary organsiations, and people with direct experience of poverty, can feed into the development of action to tackle poverty.

At the seminar you will also learn more about the Get Heard Scotland initiative which is working to ensure people with experience of poverty and those working on the front line can feed into the development of anti-poverty policy at the local and national levels.

This half-day seminar is for everyone who wants to better understand the Scottish Government’s approach to addressing child poverty, who wants to know how child poverty is being tackled in Midlothian, and who wants to contribute to shaping local and national priorities.

This event is free to attend.

Registration is at 10.00am, the event starts at 10:30am and will finish at 1pm with a sandwich lunch. Travel and caring costs can be reimbursed for those living on a low income. Please let us know when registrating if you will need these costs covered.


10:00 Registration & coffee

10.30 Welcome and introduction

10.40 The Child Poverty Delivery Plan: A New Approach to Tackling Poverty

10.50 Tackling Child Poverty in Midlothian: Challenges and Opportunities

11.20 Discussion

11.40 Coffee

11.50 Hearing What Matters: The Role of the Get Heard

12.30 Next Steps

12.45 Close and Lunch