Redesigning our labour market so it works for all of us

“More and more people in our communities are being locked into poverty by jobs that are low paid and insecure. When people in work can barely afford to put food on the table and when parents working full-time are struggling to cope, there is clearly something very wrong that we have to put right.” Jackie, … Read more

Campaigners issue budget demand as number of people seeking crisis support soars

Campaigners have written to Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, urging him to use next week’s Scottish Government budget to increase investment in the Scottish Welfare Fund, after new figures showed that the number of people applying for emergency cash because they can’t afford food is soaring. The letter – sent … Read more

Calls to end 5 week wait for Universal Credit as UK Government admits they don’t know how many people it has pulled into poverty

Campaigners have today renewed calls to end the damaging ‘five-week wait’ for first payments of Universal Credit after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Poverty Alliance revealed there is no Government analysis of the impact of the policy on poverty and destitution. The news follows a report last week from the Resolution Foundation … Read more

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

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