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This report presents key findings from more than 30 community engagement meetings carried out by the Poverty Alliance across Scotland in 2015-16
Ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016, the Poverty Alliance has launched its manifesto, making 17 calls for the next Government to take radical action to address poverty.
Throughout 2015 a large scale consultation took place on what a fairer Scotland would look like. This was an important discussion for the Poverty alliance and we decided to make the focus of the 6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty this consultation. The report from the Assembly was submitted as a key part of the evidence to the Scottish Government as part of its consultation.
This report emerges from research, undertaken by the New Policy Institute and the Poverty Alliance, set out to understand why employers engage in initiatives like the Living Wage. Based on in-depth interviews, the research explored their motivations and what this may mean for efforts to create a fairer economy and tackle in-work poverty.
This research was carried by a group of young people supported by the Poverty Alliance and Children in Scotland. The project was commissioned by Wheatley Group in June 2014 and took a participatory approach to understanding the needs of young people living in social housing in Glasgow and west central Scotland.
Welfare Trackers was an 18 month project delivered by the Poverty Alliance in partnership with Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Scottish Drugs Forum. Over this time a wide range of organisation took part in city wide networking sessions, training workshops with community organisaitons, and a range of research activities. This report summarises some of the key findings from the project
Engaging with grassroots community organisations is central to the work of the Poverty Alliance. This report summarises some of the main findings from the discussions that we have had with community organisations over the year 2014-15.
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.
This report presents findings from a research project commissioned by the Scottish Government carried out between June 2014 and January 2015. It has found more than 160 organisations providing more than just emergency food, but a whole range of other supports. In the longer term, responses to food poverty need to address deeper, more structural issues.
Economic crisis, increased unemployment and attacks on the welfare system have meant that the need for gatherings such as the Assembly have become even more important, fulfilling a need for people from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with direct experience of poverty, to come together to share their experiences and plan for the future. This report attempts to capture some of the energy, passion, commitment and fears that many of those attending the Assembly expressed. We hope it serves as a resource that can be drawn on by those who want to carry on the fight against poverty.