For immediate use Wednesday 26th June 2019
Responding to the announcement of a new Scottish Child Payment, Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:
“Amid a rising tide of poverty, the new Scottish Child Payment will act as a lifeline for families struggling to stay afloat. An additional £10 per week will help unlock tens of thousands of children from poverty and underlines the important role that Scottish social security powers have to address poverty. The early introduction of the new payment in 2020/21 for families with children under six is particularly welcome, and shows what can be done when there is political will to address poverty.
“As a society that believes in justice and compassion, with a Parliament that has unanimously supported action to tackle poverty, today is an important milestone. Those who experience poverty, and the organisations that support them, have been listened to and action is being taken. Today has shown that we can use our social security powers for a purpose; loosening the grip of poverty on people’s lives.”
Peter Kelly is available for interview. Call Frances Rayner on 07776 527 839
Notes to Editor:
- The announcement comes after, on Monday, more than 70 leading civil society figures called on the First Minister to bring forward the new income supplement. See original story and full letter here https://www.povertyalliance.org/kids-cant-wait-for-new-income-supplement-letter-to-first-minister/