On the road to recovery, we can make sure everyone has a seat

Suzi Murning, Poverty Alliance Campaigns Officer, discusses our new campaign, Everyone Aboard, calling for free bus travel to be extended to everyone receiving Universal Credit and young people under 25.  We all rely on public services – like health and education – to be there for us when we need them. But too often, they simply don’t work for people living … Read more

Guest blog: Scotland’s 100,000 challenge

One of the clearest impacts of the pandemic so far has been rising levels of unemployment, with young people being particularly affected by labour market disruption. Rachel Statham, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR, writes on the looming youth unemployment crisis in Scotland and the steps we can take to prevent long-term damage to a generation’s … Read more

Guest blog: Charting Scotland’s path towards recovery

The pandemic has shone a light on many of the deep inequalities created by the decisions that have been taken about how we design our economy. Miriam Brett, Director of Research and Advocacy at Common Wealth, here outlines some of the steps that can be taken in Scotland to build a more equitable, sustainable, and … Read more

Blog: Why expanding free public transport must be part of building a wellbeing economy

Activist Jenna Woods shares her experience of navigating unaffordable transport costs as she pursued higher education and the world of work. She argues that expanding free public transport to under 25s and people receiving Universal Credit would help alleviate poverty and level the playing field. In a country as prosperous as Scotland, everyone should be … Read more

Blog: A Minimum Income Guarantee would ensure disabled people like me can take part in society, Amanda Foster

 Amanda Foster, Community Activist with Poverty Alliance, argues that by introducing a Minimum Income Guarantee, the Scottish Government could ensure that disabled people like her have what they need to live full and dignified lives.  This article was originally published in The Herald. In our society, we all believe that everyone should be able to … Read more

BLOG: Funding the fight against poverty

After a fraught week for many community and voluntary organisations in Glasgow, Peter Kelly (Director of the Poverty Alliance) reflects on what it means for the fight against poverty in the city and elsewhere. Glasgow is known for many things; its vibrant music and arts scene, its beautiful green spaces, perhaps even the economic transformation … Read more

Blog: 5 things I learned from Get Heard Scotland

Twimukye Macline Mushaka, Senior Fieldwork Officer at Poverty Alliance, reflects on the things she learned from talking to different people across Scotland as part of the Get Heard Scotland project. Her blog comes ahead of  the publication of the full Get Heard Scotland report later this month. While all of these sessions were undertaken before … Read more

Blog: When we return to normality, this can’t mean business as usual

Director of Poverty Alliance, Peter Kelly, reflects on what our response to the pandemic has shown us about our shared values and – crucially – the action we need to take to ensure these values are reflected in the design of our economy.  We are living through extraordinary times. Whilst a palpable sense of fear … Read more

Guest blog: Climate, class and the radical action we need

Francis Stuart is Policy Officer at the STUC. Here, he writes on the case for – in the absence of meaningful climate justice policies being developed by national governments – more bold and radical action from wider civil society. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, knows a thing or … Read more

Blog: Poverty is the root of Scotland’s fatal drug overdose crisis

Dave Liddell, Chief Executive of Scottish Drugs Forum, discusses the links between poverty and drugs and what more we can do to stop the increase in fatal overdoses. Scotland has almost 60,000 people with a drug problem.  That is a higher proportion of the population than any country in Europe; and our fatal drug overdose … Read more

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