Martin Whitfield MSP has joined campaigners to recommit his support for the goal of eliminating child poverty in Scotland.

Mr Whitfield joined parliamentary colleagues in pledging to meet targets set by parliament for achieving a Scotland without child poverty.

Save the Children Scotland organised the event as an opportunity for politicians of all parties to publicly recommit to meeting the child poverty reduction targets by 2030.

Various other charities and campaign groups were also represented at the lobby. These included One Parent Families Scotland, Aberlour Children’s Charity, NSPCC Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland and The Poverty Alliance.

Speaking after signing up to the pledge, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“It is a national disgrace that one in four children in Scotland today are still living in poverty. The fact that so little progress has been made on reducing this figure since 2017 when the parliament set the targets for 2030 is also shameful.

“Ending child poverty should be a priority for all politicians in Scotland. I was pleased to join colleagues in signing up to recommit my support for achieving a Scotland without child poverty. I will always work towards this goal while in parliament.”