UK Government Red Despatch Boxes

Poverty Alliance says mini budget will do nothing for people who need help the most

Responding to the Chancellor’s mini budget today, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “The new Prime Minister and Chancellor have taken office at a time when the country is being swept up in a rising tide of poverty. In communities across the UK, more and more people are being pushed into impossible decisions … Read more

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Real Living Wage increases to £10.90 in Scotland

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £10.90 IN SCOTLAND AS THE COST OF LIVING RISES   A 10.1% increase in real Living Wage, the largest year-on-year rise.  Over 57,000 Living Wage workers at more than 2,800 Living Wage employers in Scotland are set for a pay boost. New rate means full-time Living Wage employees will earn … Read more

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Help with bills welcomes – but people on low incomes will need more

Commenting on today’s announcement on energy bills by the Prime Minister, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said: “The first duty of government is to protect people from harm. We have been calling for action on energy bills for months, so today’s announcement will be welcomed by millions of people who have been sick … Read more

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Urgent action needed to help households weather the cost-of-living storm

by Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission As Poverty Alliance members well know the UK is currently facing a cost of living crisis that threatens the health and wellbeing of the population. The Poverty & Inequality Commission believes that this crisis needs an emergency response of the same scale and urgency as the COVID-19 … Read more

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Important Scottish Government action – but we can do more

Commenting on today’s Scottish Programme for Government, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said: “The First Minister outlined many important measures today. The increase in the value and availability of the Scottish Child Payment will help thousands of households with rising living costs. Rent freezes will help tenants across the country. “But we could … Read more

Energy price hikes will cause ‘stress, anxiety, illness, debt and death’.

Reacting to today’s announcement by Ofgem, Poverty Alliance director Peter Kelly said: “The first moral duty of government is to protect people and provide them with security. The UK Government and Ofgem are failing badly in that duty and acting without any sense of compassion and justice. “This massive price hike is in line with … Read more

Peter Kelly of the Poverty Alliance, with Nicola Sturgeon at energy summit on 23 August 2022

‘Government and energy companies have a moral duty to act’

    Speaking after today’s energy summit alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Poverty Alliance director Peter Kelly said: “The situation we face is of a magnitude that requires a pandemic-level response. Energy companies, as well as every level of government, have a moral duty to act. Today’s summit was a constructive start, with all those … Read more

Energy summit must spark action

The Poverty Alliance has welcomed news that the First Minister will convene an urgent summit with energy supply companies and consumer groups later this month, to discuss how advice and support for people struggling with energy bills can be improved. The move comes after the Poverty Alliance and Energy Action Scotland wrote to the Scottish … Read more

1,330 drug-related deaths in 2021 in Scotland

‘We can’t tackle drugs deaths without tackling poverty’

The Poverty Alliance has issued a statement reacting to the publication of new figures on drugs deaths in Scotland. Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “There is little good news in these figures. The current level of drug deaths in Scotland remains entirely unacceptable. In a just Scotland, no-one would lose their life … Read more

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