MSPs have voted unanimously to pass the Child Poverty Bill bringing in new targets and making councils set out action plans and reports.

All five parties at Holyrood backed the Bill which introduces income targets to be achieved by 2030 and sets up a Poverty and Inequality Commission.

The targets set out in the Bill to be achieved by 2030 include fewer than 10 per cent of children in relative poverty and fewer than 5 per cent of children are in absolute poverty, our sister title the Evening Times reports..

It also states there should be fewer than 5 per cent of children in combined low income and material deprivation and fewer than 5 per cent of children in persistent poverty.

The bill was brought forward by the Scottish Government and backed by the Conservatives, Labour, Greens and Liberal Democrats.

It means Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will have to report on what action it is taking to reduce Child Poverty.

Angela Constance, Equalities Secretary said: “Meeting our ambitious new targets will be challenging and it will seem like we are often fighting with one hand behind our back in the face of the cuts.

“But the Scottish Government intends to take positive action to address child poverty and tackle the deep seated generational inequalities in our society.”

An amendment by the Greens means the Scottish Government will be required to state in delivery plans if it intends to use powers available to top up Child Benefit.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP, said: “By 2020, it is projected that Child Benefit will have lost almost a third of its value compared to 2010, but a £5 a week top-up would lift 30,000 children out of poverty Campaigners welcomed the Bill and said the UK Government must follow the lead taken by Holyrood.

John Dickie, Director of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We are delighted that in today’s vote all the political parties at Holyrood have recognised that child poverty is unacceptable, that it is not inevitable and that it can be eradicated.

“Politicians at Holyrood have sent a powerful message that ending child poverty has to be a top priority. It’s now vital that their UK counterparts reinstate the child poverty targets that are needed to drive progress.”