Humza Yousaf receiving the Great Seal of Scotland after taking the oath as First Minister.

Action on the injustice of poverty is new FM’s defining mission

Peter KellyDirector, The Poverty Alliance With the contest for Scotland’s new First Minister over, attention now turns to the priorities of our new government. Our hope is that Humza Yousaf will turn Scotland’s shared values of justice and compassion into concrete action to tackle the ongoing injustice of poverty. During the campaign to become SNP … Read more

Tackling poverty is Humza Yousaf’s defining mission

Reacting to the election of Humza Yousaf as SNP leader and prospective First Minister, Poverty Alliance director Peter Kelly said: “During his campaign, Humza Yousaf told Poverty Alliance members that action on poverty and inequality should be the defining mission of his leadership. We agree, and we look forward to working with our new First … Read more

A woman looks worried about her empty purse

‘Stable’ poverty rates are nothing to celebrate

Listen to our Ruth Boyle commenting on today’s Scottish poverty figures Commenting on today’s release of estimates of Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2019-22, Poverty Alliance Policy & Campaigns Manager Ruth Boyle said: “The injustice of poverty is continuing to impact the life chances, health and wellbeing of too many people across Scotland. … Read more

UK Government Red Despatch Boxes

Budget will strike fear into the hearts of millions

Commenting on today’s UK Budget, Poverty Alliance director Peter Kelly said: “People in the UK believe in justice and compassion. But today’s Budget will strike fear into the hearts of millions. “The Chancellor’s decision to widen the callous and ineffective sanctions regime is completely wrong. Our unjust economy simply doesn’t offer people the kind of … Read more

The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Leadership Hustings

Leadership candidates to be quizzed on poverty and inequality

The three candidates to be the next leader of the SNP, who will become First Minister, are to face questions about how they will work to end poverty and inequality in Scotland. The Poverty Alliance and The Robertson Trust have organised an online hustings, seeking the views of Kate Forbes, Ash Regan, and Humza Yousaf … Read more

The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Leadership Hustings

The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Leadership Hustings

Click here to reserve your place! Scotland needs to put justice and compassion at the heart of Government – too many people are struggling to make ends meet on inadequate incomes; there is a rising tide of poverty as a result of the cost of living crisis; and inequality on the lines of gender, race, … Read more

International Women's Day 2023

Poverty Alliance briefing for International Women’s Day – March 2023

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is embracing equity to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society. Realising women’s social and economic rights through action to tackle poverty and financial insecurity must be a core aspect of this ambition. This briefing provides an overview of the gendered nature of poverty in Scotland. … Read more

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