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

Poverty Alliance launch ‘Everyone Aboard’ campaign

Poverty Alliance launch Everyone Aboard campaign Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election, a new campaign has today been launched, calling on Scotland’s political parties to commit to extending free bus travel to everyone receiving Universal Credit (and other low-income benefits) and under 25s.  The Everyone Aboard campaign – coordinated by the Poverty Alliance and supported by a range of children’s charities, anti-poverty groups, trade unions and environmental organisations – is launched at a time of … Read more

Poverty Alliance launch 2021 Holyrood election manifesto

Stemming the rising tide of poverty across Scotland must be the defining issue of the Holyrood election, the Poverty Alliance have said today, with calls for all political parties to commit to a range of ambitious and bold action to boost incomes and reduce costs. The calls were made as the Poverty Alliance launched A … Read more

NEW BRIEFING: Get Heard Scotland in Renfrewshire

As part of its Get Heard Scotland project, the Poverty Alliance have today published a new briefing (which can be read in full here) covering discussions that took place with third sector organisations across Renfrewshire, on the impact of Covid-19. Get Heard Scotland in Renfrewshire: Voices from the Third Sector is based on interviews conducted between … Read more

“Stark gaps” in educational attainment risk being compounded by Covid, warns new Poverty Alliance report

Anti-poverty campaigners have today called for increased action from the Scottish Government to tackle the educational attainment gap, after new analysis (which can be read in full here) found stark gaps in attainment between young people from Scotland’s least and most deprived areas. The analysis, undertaken by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of The Robertson … Read more

End Child Poverty coalition launches Holyrood election manifesto

All political parties in Scotland should commit to at least doubling the value of the new Scottish Child Payment to stem the rising tide of child poverty, a coalition of anti-poverty groups, children’s charities and women’s organisations have urged today. The End Child Poverty coalition in Scotland made the call in A Manifesto for Ending … Read more

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

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