Report calls for action to loosen the grip of poverty in Edinburgh

People living on low incomes in Edinburgh have decried the city’s high living costs and called for increased action to loosen the grip of poverty in their lives, in a new report published today. New research undertaken by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission has revealed the range of challenges faced … Read more

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The Poverty Alliance responds to General Election result

Responding to the result of yesterday’s General Election, Director of the Poverty Alliance, Peter Kelly said: “The General Election took place against a background of a rising tide of poverty, with more​ and more people struggling to keep their heads above water.  Predictions prior to the election suggested that the number of children being swept into … Read more

Poverty Alliance launches general election manifesto

Poverty campaigners have today published their demands for the next UK Government, with calls for a range of policy commitments to help stem the rising tide of poverty. In Righting the wrongs: A manifesto to tackle poverty, the Poverty Alliance urge the next UK Government to put solving poverty at the heart of all that … Read more

New Real Living Wage rate of £9.30 is announced

+ The Living Wage Foundation announces new real Living Wage of £9.30 per hour, up from £9, an increase of 30p per hour + The rate is independently calculated to reflect the increased cost of living and is £1.09 per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s) + Over 6,000 UK businesses currently pay the … Read more

Challenge Poverty in Scotland? Aye we can, now more than ever!

The Poverty Alliance coordinated the recent Challenge Poverty Week ( 7- 13 October), a campaign that is building a stronger, broader movement of people with the will, knowledge and determination to tackle the rising tide of poverty. Campaigns Officer Irene Tortajada reviews some of the highlights of the Week. An overwhelming response We are amazed … Read more

Scotland’s faith leaders urge: ‘we must loosen the grip of poverty’

Today, leaders of Scotland’s faith communities have united to call for action to ‘loosen the grip of poverty’. More than one in five people in Scotland are living in poverty and this figure is rising. As Challenge Poverty Week closes, religious representatives from across Scotland have come together to call for more action to tackle … Read more

UK Government refuses to disclose analysis of Brexit’s impact on poverty

Last month, The Poverty Alliance submitted a number of questions to the UK Government about the effect of Brexit on people who are struggling financially. Under freedom of information legislation, we asked the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Treasury and Department for Exiting the EU for any impact assessments or analyses of Brexit on poverty, … Read more

Blog: Poverty is the root of Scotland’s fatal drug overdose crisis

Dave Liddell, Chief Executive of Scottish Drugs Forum, discusses the links between poverty and drugs and what more we can do to stop the increase in fatal overdoses. Scotland has almost 60,000 people with a drug problem.  That is a higher proportion of the population than any country in Europe; and our fatal drug overdose … Read more

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