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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.

Our Priorities

We focus our activities in four areas:

  • Tackling low incomes
  • Improving services
  • Supporting participation
  • Influencing attitudes to poverty

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Publications and Reports


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)

Scottish Welfare Fund Bill Consultation from the Welfare Reform Committee

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

Responding to the Rise of Food Banks

A Scotland Without Poverty (May 2015)

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.

Scotland Without Poverty Report

Making Change Happen: Poverty Alliance Blog

Surplus food is no solution to food poverty

Friday June 05, 2015

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 […]

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This isn’t about food: Emergency food aid, sanctioning and the stigma of poverty

Tuesday June 02, 2015

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 […]

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Social Insecurity: Poor Work and Poverty in Scotland

Tuesday May 05, 2015

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 […]

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