Anti-Poverty Strategy 2021 Consultation

Closed 16 May 2021

Opened 16 Mar 2021


What is poverty?

According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

Poverty is when your resources are well below your minimum needs.

Poverty means not being able to heat your home, pay your rent, or buy the essentials for you or your children. It means waking up every day facing insecurity, uncertainty, and impossible decisions about money. It means facing marginalisation – and even discrimination – because of your financial circumstances. The constant stress it causes can lead to problems that deprive people of the chance to play a full part in society.

Scottish Borders Council in partnership with NHS Borders and other Community Planning Partners have developed a draft  "Anti-Poverty Strategy" for the Scottish Borders. The strategy was Item 10 on Council agenda of 25 February 2021.

This consultation is to help shape the final strategy including identifying the key actions to be taken and reflecting on what is already happening within the Scottish Borders. A copy of the draft "Scottish Borders Anti-Poverty Strategy 2021" is below. Throughout this consultation sections of this draft strategy will be referenced.

Thank you for responding to this consultation.


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  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Community Planning Partnerships