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Scotland must turn its back on poverty-related stigma, say MSPs and activists

In a report published today the Cross Party Group on Poverty in the Scottish Parliament says that bias against people in poverty affects their mental health and wellbeing, makes it harder to access the support they are entitled to, lessens their educational chances, and makes policies designed to tackle poverty less effective. Group convener Pam … Read more

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Why we need a pensioner poverty strategy for Scotland

Debbie HorneScotland Policy and Public Affairs ManagerIndependent Age At Independent Age we believe no one should face poverty in later life. But currently too many older people in Scotland face the daily reality of just that, with the number of pensioners living in poverty now 150,000 – up 25% since 2012. This statistic torpedoes the … Read more

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Scotland’s poorest children suffer the most

Heather WilsonProgramme and Policy Officer The Health Foundation Without a doubt Scotland’s poorest children are suffering the most. We know this from the Health Foundation’s recently launched report ‘‘Leave no one behind: The state of health and health inequalities in Scotland’ was the culmination of a multi-stranded review undertaken over the past 12 months, focusing … Read more

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Government has a moral responsibility to protect people from rocketing costs

Responding to the latest shop price index figures from the British Retail Consortium / NielsenIQ, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “Government has a moral responsibility to protect people from rocketing costs. “That’s especially true for the poorest households – because inflation is currently hitting them hardest. With inflation continuing to climb there … Read more

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