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Session 2005-06 22 May 2006


The Scottish Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake a major inquiry, to start when the House returns after the summer recess, into Poverty in Scotland. The Committee will proceed in stages, producing Reports as the inquiry progresses. The inquiry will begin by addressing such issues as:

What is poverty?

The extent of poverty

Contributing factors

Impact of Government policy on poverty.

The scope of the inquiry, which will cover poverty in both urban and rural areas of Scotland, will also include the availability of affordable money and the activities of loan sharks, as well as major Government programmes, such as Welfare to Work.

The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by 6 October 2006. The Committee will be arranging a series of public oral evidence sessions, and details of these will be announced in due course.

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of the inquiry. They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 6 sides of A4. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include an executive summary.