Scottish Government urged to give poverty commission more teeth

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Leading anti-poverty charities and trade unions have called on the Scottish Government to give the new poverty commission more powers. The new Poverty and Inequality Commission, which met for the first time in Edinburgh this week, will run for two years.

In a joint letter to government and opposition leaders, 37 organisations including Oxfam, Barnardos, SCVO, the STUC and the Church of Scotland said the commission, chaired by Douglas Hamilton, should be put on a statutory footing “in the near future”.

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