Building back better: the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy and health

Guest blog by Dr Gerry McCartney, Head of the Scottish Public Health Observatory, Public Health Scotland   Our top priority is protecting and improving the nation’s health throughout the coronavirus outbreak and after. While our NHS works steadily to care for those who have been infected and are vulnerable to infection, we are also ensuring that … Read more

Our Lives Our Solutions: New Get Heard Scotland report launched

People living on low incomes across Scotland have called for increased action to loosen the grip of poverty on their lives, in a new report published today by the Poverty Alliance. Our Lives, Our Solutions – the annual report from the Poverty Alliance’s Get Heard Scotland initiative, which is funded by the Scottish Government as … Read more

New data shows more and more children in Scotland being pulled into poverty

New analysis published today has highlighted that even before the devastating impact of Covid-19 on household incomes, child poverty has been rising rapidly in some of the poorest communities in Scotland and across Britain, leaving growing numbers of children cut adrift and ill equipped to cope with the impact of the pandemic. The End Child … Read more

Campaigners call for emergency cash boost to prevent child poverty crisis

Campaigners call for emergency cash boost to prevent child poverty crisis Over 100 organisations and academics sign letter to First Minister “Grave concern” regarding impact of crisis on family incomes and children’s wellbeing Over 100 children’s charities, faith groups, academics, think tanks, poverty campaigners and trade unions have today written an open letter to the … Read more

Unearthing the hidden problems in the system of Universal Credit

In this blog, Laura Robertson, Research Officer at Poverty Alliance, shines a light on some of the lesser-known problems inherent in Universal Credit. The last six weeks have shown us that our sense of compassion is alive and well as people rush to volunteer, donate, and protect neighbours and loved ones. But it has also exposed … Read more

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