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.
In February this year, the leaders of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils published a joint statement on food poverty in which they asserted: “we believe that food waste is not an effective or socially just solution to food poverty”. The Council leaders clearly stated food poverty to be an issue of social justice and human […]Read More
At the first of our events bringing together food bank volunteers and others involved in emergency food aid in Scotland, there was very little talk of food. Exactly one week before the General Election fifty participants met at the STUC building in Glasgow, as yet unaware of the full extent of the further welfare cuts […]Read More
Lisa Whittaker Scotland remains a society that continues to be scarred by poverty. 870,000 people live in poverty (2013 figures from Poverty In Scotland McKendrick et al) put another way poverty affects around one in ﬁve people in Scotland today. Despite this, poverty has been overlooked as an issue in the General Election campaign. Academics […]Read More