Campaigners issue budget demand as number of people seeking crisis support soars

Campaigners have written to Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, urging him to use next week’s Scottish Government budget to increase investment in the Scottish Welfare Fund, after new figures showed that the number of people applying for emergency cash because they can’t afford food is soaring. The letter – sent … Read more

Calls to end 5 week wait for Universal Credit as UK Government admits they don’t know how many people it has pulled into poverty

Campaigners have today renewed calls to end the damaging ‘five-week wait’ for first payments of Universal Credit after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Poverty Alliance revealed there is no Government analysis of the impact of the policy on poverty and destitution. The news follows a report last week from the Resolution Foundation … Read more

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