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

Making Change Happen: Poverty Alliance Blog

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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What Elephant? Poverty Blackout and Total Power Failure in Lead Up to the UK General Election 2015

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Anthony Ruddy There are approximately 13.5 million people living in poverty in the UK today (that is equivalent to more than one in five of the UKs entire population) but bizarrely the subject of poverty has barely registered as an issue in the 2015 General Election. In one of the richest nations on Earth one […]

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Youth Poverty in Europe and the UK

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Introduction Youth poverty is generally ignored in political debates in both Europe and the UK. When youth inclusion is discussed, it tends to be in the context of labour market inclusion. Yet, labour market participation does not necessarily guarantee social inclusion. In a context of high youth unemployment and poor quality jobs, new policy proposals […]

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