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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and MECOPP on Gypsy/Travellers
  2. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition leaders during first minister's questions
  3. Tory MSP Maurice Corry leads a debate entitled 'Combat Stress Finds Veterans in Scotland Face Higher Levels of Deprivation Than Those in Rest of UK'
  4. MSPs debate the Child Poverty Bill at stage 1

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Thursday 1 June 2017.

    We'll be back next Tuesday.

    Until then, have a good weekend.

  2. MSPs unanimously agree to the general principles of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

    MSPs unanimously agree to the general principles of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

  3. Decision time...

    We now move to decision time where MSPs will vote on the general principles of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

  4. The minister says her plans are for a poverty and inequality commission

    Communities and Social Security Secretary Angela Constance
    Image caption: Communities and Social Security Secretary Angela Constance

    Communities and Social Security Secretary Angela Constance says having targets and reporting back to the parliament will help address child poverty.

    Ms Constance stresses what can actually be done as opposed to the problems of that can't be addressed.

    The minister says while child poverty is at scandalous levels it used to be at similar levels to the UK and now it is lower in Scotland than any other nation.

    She says that is the difference the Scottish Parliament has made.

    The minister says her plans are for a poverty and inequality commission and she says she is not currently persuaded by the case for a statutory commission.

    She says topping up child benefit is not bad idea, but it is not the best idea.

  5. Poverty crushes individuals and communities says Angela Constance

    Social Security Secretary Angela Constance says poverty crushes individuals and communities.

    The social security secretary says no target is perfect and that it is action that is important.

    She says that requiring the government to report annually leads to more scrutiny and ultimately better action.

    Ms Constance says the Scottish government is fighting poverty with one arm tied behind its back.

  6. Tory MSP says child poverty strategy is not going to work if it focuses only on income

    Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins

    Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins asks what is the cause of poverty and what are the by-products.

    The Tory MSP says it seems to be the government's view that only income can be thought about in tackling poverty, at least in this Bill.

    He says an effective child poverty strategy is not going to work if it focuses only on income.

    SNP MSP Alex Neil says a decent basic income is the prerequisite for challenging child poverty.

    Mr Tomkins says their difference on this is tiny then.

    He says his party amend the bill to include targets on the attainment gap and reducing the number of children growing up in workless households.

  7. 'We've got to move beyond simply targets'

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says he hopes the debate will be widened during the stage 2 and 3 debate.

    Mr Rowley says there is a need to redistribute power and wealth in this country and that the Labour manifesto contains ways to do this.

    The Labour MSP says "we've got to move beyond simply targets" and that action speaks louder than words.

    He says 70% of children in poverty in Scotland are in families where at least one person is in work.

    Mr Rowley says a coherent anti-poverty strategy for Scotland is required.

    He says "we need an independent commission to ensure scrutiny."

  8. SNP MSP says the two child tax credit cap will exacerbate child poverty

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Clare Adamson

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson commends the work of the Social Security Committee and on being able to find consensus over child poverty.

    Ms Adamson says there is an absolute gulf between the Tory party and everyone else on the symptoms and the causes of child poverty.

    She says the two child tax credit cap will exacerbate child poverty, along with the "horrible rape clause".

  9. Tory MSP gives moving personal account of his own childhood in poverty

    Tory MSP Jamie Greene

    Tory MSP Jamie Greene gives a moving personal account of his own childhood in poverty, during which he often went to school hungry, his school uniform was never new and there was addiction and domestic violence problems in his home.

    Mr Greene says he accepts that there are children in poverty whose parents are working and points out that his own mother worked as much as she could.

    He says he has no interest in opposing for opposing's sake at any stage of this Bill nor does he think there is any "magic wand" to fix this problem.

  10. 'I believe this Bill is a step in the right direction'

    SNP MSP George Adam
    Image caption: SNP MSP George Adam

    SNP MSP George Adam says the Bill is something he is very passionate about as he wants nothing more than to see children flourish and thrive and achieve their dreams.

    Mr Adam says: "We must ensure that every single child in Scotland is protected and given every opportunity to succeed."

    He says: "I believe this Bill is a step in the right direction."

  11. Statutory duty is required to eradicate child poverty says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith says a statutory duty is required to eradicate child poverty.

    Ms Smith highlights a child named Kirsty, living in her constituency, in poverty. She says, for the first five years of Kirsty's life, she has shared a room with her parents in a private flat with no outside space

    The Labour MSP says, in that time, no council house has been offered to her family and both her parents have to work because they cannot afford child care.

    She says Kirsty does well at school but questions how long that can be sustained.

  12. SNP MSP welcomes commitment to bring amendments to introduce interim targets

    SNP MSP Ben Macpherson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Ben Macpherson

    SNP MSP Ben Macpherson says under UK government welfare reform the UK level of child poverty will rise to five million.

    Mr Macpherson says he very much welcomes the Child Poverty Bill as it will focus the mind and reinstate targets, after the UK government regrettably repealed parts of the Child Poverty Act 2010.

    He says also welcomes the cabinet secretary's commitment to bring amendments at Stage 2 to introduce interim targets.

  13. Tackling child poverty is not and easy task for any government says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst

    Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst says tackling child poverty is not and easy task for any government.

    Mr Lindhurst says the Child Poverty Bill indicates how difficult it is to arrive at a suitable conclusion.

    SNP MSP Ash Denham says a number of Tory MSPs have used the phrase "root cause" and that the "root cause is the Tory party". "Will you answer that," she asks.

    Mr Lindhurst says "no, not at the moment because I thought you were asking a question".

    The Tory MSP says narrowing and eventually closing the attainment gap could help with poverty.

  14. 'Having no money and sending your bairns to bed with no food is poverty'

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire says only by increasing the income of families in poverty can real improvements be made.

    Ms Maguire says income, or the lack of it, is at the root of this issue.

    The SNP MSP says "having no money and sending your bairns to bed with no food is poverty."

    She says any interim targets must be achievable.

    "We're here because the UK government took the disgraceful decision to repeal the Child Poverty Act," she says.

  15. Lib Dem MSP says more detail should be on the face of the Bill

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says this is an area of "vitally important public policy".

    Mr Scott says it cannot be good enough there are so many young Scots are in poverty.

    He says he agrees more detail should be on the face of the bill, including educational attainment, sports participation and fuel poverty targets.

    Mr Scott says there is a commonality of view in the briefings today that an independent commission be put in place.