Who We Are
The Poverty Alliance is a network of individuals and organisations across Scotland working together to combat poverty.
What we believe
Our vision is of a sustainable Scotland based on social and economic justice, with dignity for all, where poverty and inequalities are not tolerated and are challenged. Our aim is to combat poverty by working with others to empower individuals and communities to affect change in the distribution of power and resources.
We focus our activities in four areas:
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The Poverty Alliance have submitted our response to the Scottish Welfare Funds Bill consultation. We have argued that overall the fund is working well and we hope that the Bill will build on its success. (Sept. 2014)
This edition looks at the consequences and causes of the growth in food bank use in Scotland. We also consider the evidence emerging from Canada on the increased use of food banks
This new report considers at what people with experience of poverty say would be different in a Scotland without poverty. The report is one of the outputs from a JRF funded project in 2014.
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. But we’re not talking about someone buying the same shoes as you here. What the Government attempted to do in the recent Emergency Budget was to co-opt a social movement, a campaign rooted in the communities and workplaces, and use it to hide the fact that […]Read More
The UK Government’s emergency budget in July 2015 has provoked a great deal of comment. Changes to Tax Credits, freezing working age welfare benefits and the introduction of a so-called ‘national living wage’ have been just some of the issues that have been raised. Below we gather the comments of some of the leading members […]Read More
Glasgow Caledonian University’s John McKendrick writes about the new changes to how we measure child poverty… On July 1st 2015, Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, gave notice of a “new and strengthened approach to tracking the life chances of Britain’s most disadvantaged children”. Having digested the DWP Press […]Read More