Poverty Alliance respond to UK Government budget

The Poverty Alliance have today responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement. Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “The Chancellor said today that there is a ‘moral dimension to the economic challenge we face’. That moral economic challenge ought to be about how we best support those who face hardship and how economic recovery … Read more

New report calls for action on tutoring and mentoring to help close the attainment gap in Scotland 

Stark gaps in educational attainment in Scotland could be reduced through the rollout of mentoring and tutoring support, a new report published today has said. Highlighting evidence showing that mentoring and tutoring have positive impacts on attainment for young people living in the grip of poverty, the report, based on research conducted by the Poverty Alliance for The Robertson Trust, calls … Read more

Blog: Anas Sarwar, Leader of Scottish Labour

Challenge Poverty Week has come at a grimly apt time this year, with the shameful cut to Universal Credit kicking in later this week and the most severe cost of living crisis in years looming. This is a stark reminder of how much work there is to do – but it must also be a … Read more

Blog: Lorna Slater, Co-Leader of the Scottish Greens

Challenge Poverty week comes at a time when far too many people are experiencing a perfect storm of austerity and cuts. Fuel prices are surging at the same time as National Insurance costs are increasing, and furlough support is ending. To make matters worse, the UK government is choosing this moment to cut Universal Credit payments by over £1000 a year.  Almost every day I hear from constituents who are feeling stretched. They can see … Read more

Blog: Tackling poverty & lived experience

Sarah Stocks, of Northern Star Associates, was commissioned by the Poverty Alliance – as part of the Get Heard Scotland initiative – to collate learning and practical approaches to include people with lived experience of poverty in local policy development. Here, she writes on the key insights contained in the resultant report: The people who … Read more

Blog: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

On a visit to a practice in Muirhouse last year, I was asked if I could estimate how many dementia patients they had on the books. Muirhouse Medical serves over 17,000 patients it’s striking to learn that those with dementia number fewer than 100. The reason for this comes down to poverty. The harsh reality is that people there are … Read more

Challenge Poverty Week: Voices across Scotland to unite in support of action to loosen the grip of poverty 

Challenge Poverty Week – coordinated by the Poverty Alliance and supported by organisations from every major sector in Scotland – takes place this week at a time of growing hardship across Scotland.  Starting on Monday 4th October and running until Sunday 10th October, hundreds of organisations from across Scotland will come together – through holding events, activities, and actions – to raise their … Read more

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