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Guest blog: Leadership is at the heart of tackling poverty

Catherine McWilliam, Nations Director, IoD Scotland https://www.povertyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/IoD_film_cpw_2023.mp4 Read the full article – and a special #ChallengePoverty opinion piece by our director Peter Kelly – in the the IoD Autumn Magazine Much of my time is spent challenging existing perceptions of the IoD. Our membership is not made up of stereotypical leaders – suited, booted and … Read more

Guest blog: Economic Abuse is Fueling Women’s Poverty in Glasgow

Robyn Moffat-Wall, Training and Engagement Officer,Financially Included Illustrations by Nic Dickson. Financially Included is a partnership project between GEMAP Scotland and the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership, funded by the Scottish Government’s Delivering Equally Safe Fund. We are the only project in Scotland solely dedicated to economic abuse and the financial impact of gender-based violence.  … Read more

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Guest blog: Suicide is an inequality issue

Samaritans Scotland Samaritans Scotland and the University of Strathclyde are conducting research into insecure work, economic insecurity and suicidality. If you are interested in taking part or finding out more please contact Dave Morris at d.morris@samaritans.org This Challenge Poverty Week it’s vital that we recognise that suicide is an inequality issue. The latest suicide statistics … Read more

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Blog: In-work poverty in Scotland – learning from the Serving the Future project

Dr Laura Robertson,Senior Research Officer,The Poverty Alliance New research from the Serving the Future project has found that there is a lack of support for low-paid workers and employers in the hospitality sector in Scotland. Serving the Future, a collaboration between the Poverty Alliance, the Fraser of Allander Institute, and the Institute for Inspiring Children’s … Read more

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Guest blog: To tackle carer poverty, we need radical change

Carers Scotland Every day hundreds of people in Scotland will receive a call to tell them that a family member has taken ill.  After the sudden shock, over the coming days and weeks, they’ll try to come to terms with a new reality.  They’re going to need help to live at home:  to get up … Read more

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Guest Blog: We can invest in homes for a better Scotland

Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive,Cyrenians As part of Challenge Poverty Week 2023, Cyrenians supports the call for a Scotland where we all have safe, secure and sustainable homes. Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive of Cyrenians, explains why urgent action is needed to respond to the housing crisis. Homelessness in Scotland has gone up by 10% in the … Read more

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Guest blog: Homelessness causes poverty and poverty causes homelessness

Neil Cowan, Head of Policy & CommunicationsCrisis in Scotland When Crisis made the decision to join the Poverty Alliance last year, it was because of our belief that housing, homelessness and poverty are inseparable. Homelessness causes poverty and poverty causes homelessness. The evidence on this is clear, and we know that child poverty is the … Read more

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Blog: 10 years of Challenge Poverty Week

Peter Kelly, Director,Poverty Alliance It is now 10 years since the Poverty Alliance brought together a group of our members to begin planning the first Challenge Poverty Week. Many of the concerns that brought us together in 2013 are, unfortunately, still with us now. Scotland, then as now, is a wealthy country, but still far … Read more

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Guest blog: Are our communities and volunteers really valued?

Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre LRCC At our local third sector partnership gatherings and events we’re hearing some topics coming up more frequently than others. “The funding pots have totally dried up for this work, I’ve no idea what to say to our service users if we can’t keep the project going”; “Loads of our volunteers … Read more

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