Holyrood Magazine issue 373 / 19 December 2016

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The poverty and inequality issue: including interviews and original comment from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman and poverty adviser Naomi Eisenstadt as well as features looking at child poverty, education, fuel poverty, food poverty, social security, and pregnancy while seeking asylum. Spotlight on the Scottish Government budget. 


3 Editor’s note

It is a serious error to reduce all that Brexit and Trump supporters say to being reflective of a homogenous and inarticulate political expression of their resentment


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Should we all be channelling Scrooge?


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

Derek Mackay announced a historic draft budget, but the tricky part is just beginning


12  Interview:  Derek Mackay

The finance secretary opens up about what drives his thinking


21  Overview: Poverty

Can poverty ever be eradicated in Scotland?


27  Comment: Jeane Freeman

The social security minister on how Scotland can use its new powers


28  Focus: Renfrewshire Council

The council leader on how Renfrewshire tackles local poverty


30  Comment:  Naomi Eisenstadt

The Scottish Government’s poverty adviser on a forgotten generation


31  #holyroodbaby: Kirsty at Christmas

The festive period can be a challenge for families


34  Focus: Asylum Seekers

How the system is failing Scotland’s most vulnerable women


36  Q&A: Party Leaders

Scotland’s political leaders look at the levers for tackling poverty


41 Event Report

All the winners from the Scottish Public Service Awards


46 Comment

Laura Beveridge: Christmas in care is still about family


47 Inbox

Reactions to the Scottish Government draft budget


48 Diary

Game for of Thrones, Christmas jumpers and emoji hell...


49 On the Desk

Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland


50 Last Word

Parliamentary sketch: Liam Kirkaldy gets to grips with the UK Government’s Brexit plan

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