New CPG inquiry launched into poverty-related stigma 

MSPs have today (Wednesday 26th January) launched a call for evidence on the impact of poverty-related stigma, after being told by experts that negative and discriminatory attitudes towards people living in poverty are continuing to blight the lives of people across Scotland.  The Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Poverty, which brings together MSPs from all … Read more

Tackling poverty for good mental health

Shari McDaid, Mental Health Foundation, and Peter Kelly, The Poverty Alliance. Today we are proud to launch a new partnership between The Poverty Alliance and Mental Health Foundation.  Together we will carry out an ambitious research and policy programme to address poverty as a fundamental driver of mental ill health. We will conduct research along … Read more

Campaigners call for end to benefit cap as survey shows widespread hardship 

Anti-poverty campaigners have today launched a new campaign calling on the UK Government to scrap the benefit cap, after a survey of people on low incomes and charities found that the policy is causing widespread harm and hardship.  The campaign, called Scrap the Cap, is being coordinated by the Poverty Alliance and is being supported … Read more

Poverty Alliance responds to Scottish Government budget

Responding to the Scottish Government’s budget, which was published today, Peter Kelly (Director, Poverty Alliance), said: “Today’s Scottish Government budget contains a number of welcome commitments. Doubling the Scottish Child Payment from April, as we and so many others across Scotland campaigned hard for, will help stem the rising tide of poverty across the country. … Read more

New report calls for local action to tackle poverty  

The Covid-19 pandemic has “intensified” the poverty experienced by low income families across Scotland, a report published today has found, with calls for increased action in order for Scotland to meet its 2030 child poverty targets.  The report, published by the Poverty Alliance as part of its Get Heard Scotland project, is based on interviews with 32 low-income families … Read more

Scottish Government announce the doubling of Scottish Child Payment

“The decision to double the Scottish Child Payment from April is one that will loosen the grip of poverty on the lives of thousands of children in Scotland. We, and so many others across Scotland, have been making clear the need to take this action, and we are delighted that the Scottish Government have listened … Read more

End Poverty Edinburgh: Building a fairer capital

“We need to break the chain” – Linda Craik, End Poverty Edinburgh Member. This quote has stuck with me since first hearing it a couple of months ago when working with End Poverty Edinburgh (EPE). EPE are a group of citizens who have either lived experience of poverty in the city or care about it … Read more

Budget must “double Scottish Child Payment immediately”, Kate Forbes told

Over 100 charities, faith groups, trade unions, civic organisations and academics have today sent an open letter to Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, urging her to “do the right thing” and use the upcoming Scottish Budget to double the Scottish Child Payment immediately. The call follows September’s commitment by the First Minister to double the … Read more

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