Real Living Wage increases to £9.50 in Scotland

45,600 workers in Scotland set to benefit from vital pay boost Almost £240 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers in Scotland thanks to the Living Wage movement, including over £42 million since the start of lockdown.  Over 34,000people in key worker industries in Scotland have benefitted from over £192 million in extra wages since … 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

Poverty Alliance Annual Conference 2020

Never the Same Again? Addressing Poverty After the Pandemic Poverty Alliance Annual Conference, 9 October 2020 (online) The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on many of aspects of social injustice in our society. It has highlighted the importance of our social security system in providing a lifeline when we need it most, but the … 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

Programme for Government ‘fails to adequately respond’ to rising tide of child poverty in Scotland, say End Child Poverty coalition

A coalition of anti-poverty organisations and children’s charities have today said that the decision not to bring forward an urgent cash boost to families living in poverty in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, “fails to adequately respond”  to rising levels of poverty that risk overwhelming Scotland’s communities in the coming months as a result … Read more

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