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Parliament group to shine a light on rural poverty

MSPs and campaigners are coming together to shine a light on the reality of living in poverty in rural Scotland. Today the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group (GPG) on Poverty has launched an inquiry into poverty in rural Scotland – exploring its impacts on people’s lives, and looking at its causes and solutions. Group convener … Read more

Fife Stigma Toolkit

Fife Stigma Toolkit

This toolkit was developed as an aid to support thinking and challenging stigma at a local level to help improve outcomes for families. It was designed as part of a project by Making it Work for Families (MIWFF). This is a partnership project that brings together staff from Fife Gingerbread, Clued Up, Citizens Advice & … Read more

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Test for First Minister is in the difference changes make to people’s lives

Reacting to today’s statement by the First Minister, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s focus on three missions around equality, opportunity and community. However, the test for the First Minister will be delivery of these ambitions and the difference that is made in people’s lives. “In that context … Read more

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Briefing: Cost of Living and Child Poverty

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on Supporting Scotland with Cost of Living and Reducing Child Poverty, we sent MSPs and ministers a briefing with eight key action points. You can download the briefing from here or read it in the window below. Cost of Living and Child Poverty – Scottish Government Debate

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Briefing: First Minister’s statement of priorities

On Tuesday 18 March 2023, First Minister Humza Yousaf will make a statement in the Scottish Parliament about his priorities for government. The Poverty Alliance has prepared a briefing for ministers and MSPs in advance of the statement, setting out the policy priorities Scotland needs to tackle poverty and inequality. You can download the briefing … Read more

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We can free parents from the injustice of working poverty

David Eyre,Communications Officer, The Poverty Alliance Click here to read our inquiry response! It’s just not right that so many parents in Scotland – and their children – are trapped in the grip of poverty by an unjust labour market and failures in Scotland’s employability support. More than two-thirds of children in poverty live in … Read more

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Consultation: Inquiry into Child Poverty and Parental Employment

Our response to the Scottish Parliament Social Justice & Social Security Committee’s inquiry into child poverty and parental employment. You can download our response here, or read it in the window below.   Poverty Alliance submission to SJSS Committee Inquiry into Child Poverty and Parental Employment – April 2023

Poverty is a failure of human rights

Poverty and inequality are creating a human rights crisis in the UK

Lydia MurphyDevelopment Officer, Poverty Alliance In March, organisations from Scotland went to Geneva, giving evidence to as the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights about the UK’s human rights record. Their reports – and reports from other civil society organisations across the country– show that there is a human rights crisis in the … Read more

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