Can anti-poverty policies benefit everyone equally?

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has published an article examining the overarching equalities issues faced by Scotland as we move to reduce the gap between the richest and poorest in our society. 

What if the barrier you face isn't your skills or abilities but something outside your control?

It uses the example of the Modern Apprenticeship programme to demonstrate that while it has a positive impact on some groups, women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities all face compounded challenges, or are simply under-represented in these programmes entirely. It states:

"If women, ethnic minorities and disabled people were flourishing in Scotland today this would be less of an issue. But the reality is that poverty amongst lone parents, disabled people and ethnic minorities is often higher than the Scottish average."

The article outlines the steps to address these issues, with the foundations in our existing equalities legislation.

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