Scottish anti-poverty charities back tax calls ahead of Scottish Budget

Two leading Scottish anti-poverty charities have welcomed a new report by the Scottish Trades Unions Congress, which outlines how the Scottish Government could raise up to £3.7 billion more per year from progressive tax changes. Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government faces difficult choices in the upcoming Scottish Budget, however, this … Read more

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Ministers don’t have the right to say who is fit for work

Anti-poverty campaigners have accused the UK Government of using the threat of hunger and destitution to push people into unsuitable work. The Poverty Alliance – Scotland’s national anti-poverty network – says proposed changes to give the Department of Work & Pensions the power to strip people of their social security are ‘immoral’ and unworkable. Poverty … Read more

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Being brave means ending the regressive council tax

Responding to news that the First Minister wants to freeze council tax, Poverty Alliance director Peter Kelly said: “Progressive taxation is essential to allow for the investment in the public services that help create and sustain a just economy. It is disappointing then that the Scottish Government has decided to shelf plans to reform Council … Read more

First Minister Humza Yousaf at anti-poverty summit April 2023 (c) The Scottish Government

Humza Yousaf to meet people living on low incomes to build stronger solutions to poverty

Campaigners meeting the First Minister today will have an opportunity to hear how their experiences of low incomes are helping to shape the Scottish Government’s response to poverty. Humza Yousaf will be meeting the Poverty Alliance and activists with experience of low incomes who were invited to take part in the First Minister’s anti-poverty summit … Read more

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Tackling the drivers of in-work poverty in Scotland

New research reveals actions that governments across the UK can take to support low-paid workers and employers in the hospitality sector in Scotland. Serving the Future, a collaboration between the Poverty Alliance, the Fraser of Allander Institute, and the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, has been working with hospitality employers and workers to identify actions … Read more

Scotland's faith leaders come together for Challenge Poverty Week 2023

Scotland’s faith leaders come together to support Challenge Poverty Week 2023

Our different faith communities are united in a common concern for the welfare of all people, ensuring justice and compassion are values that our society upholds and strengthens. We share a dream of a society where no-one is marginalised or disadvantaged because of their struggle against poverty. Our experiences of religious practice and belief give … Read more

First Minister Humza Yousaf at anti-poverty summit April 2023 (c) The Scottish Government

First Minister has missed ‘critical opportunity’ on poverty   Reacting to the First Minister’s Programme for Government, Poverty Alliance Acting Director David Reilly said: “When he was elected, the First Minister said tackling poverty was to be his defining mission. But this Programme for Government is a critical missed opportunity to turn our shared values of justice and compassion into meaningful action. … Read more

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Campaigners unite to ask FM for action on poverty Listen to our interim director David Reilly on BBC Good Morning Scotland. You can help! Please show your support on social media. Click here for resources to help you. Humza Yousaf has been told that people struggling on low incomes in Scotland can no longer to wait for bold action to challenge the … Read more

Twimukye at the Scottish Parliament

It’s hard to say goodbye to Twimukye

The Poverty Alliiance has thanked their Senior Communities & Network Officer for her long-term ‘commitment and dedication’ as she takes up a new post with Shelter Scotland. Twimukye Macline Mushaka has been at the heart of the Poverty Alliance’s work alongside people who have lived experience of  in Scotland for many years. Poverty Alliance director … Read more

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