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Cost-of-living crisis increasing hardship for women living on low incomes in Scotland

A new report has found shocking evidence that women in Scotland are suffering increasing hardship, destitution, and food insecurity due to lack of support during the cost-of-living crisis. In research conducted in partnership, the Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group (SWBG) found that women are experiencing increasing financial hardship and are at risk … Read more

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Scottish Govt cuts will affect those on low incomes – but spotlight now on Westminster

Listen to our Policy & Parliamentary Officer Ashley McLean being interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland about the Emergency Budget Review statement on 3 Nov.  Reacting to today’s statement by the Deputy First Minister, Poverty Alliance Director Peter Kelly said: “The Scottish Government’s Emergency Budget Review highlights the challenges faced in public spending at this time. … Read more

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Our position on the cost of living crisis and warm places as an emergency response

Many civil society organisations in Scotland have discussed emergency responses to the cost of living crisis and explored common priorities to increasing hardship this winter.

UK Government recent interventions in energy costs and cost of living are not sufficient to protect people from poverty this winter, especially those already struggling to make ends meet.

While a compassionate response to an emergency situation may include dignified and attractive warm places hosted within communities these cannot meet our aspirations to protect and respect our human rights and to ensure that people are treated with dignity at all times.

It is important to ensure that we do not repeat past mistakes where community responses to income crises become hardwired into the state’s response to poverty.

The focus and responsibility of government should be ensuring people have enough money to keep their own homes warm. A cash first approach is the best way to do this, by investing in the benefits system.

Our focus should include longer term issues, climate justice and distribution of wealth and power in our society.

There remains a need for sustainable funding to organisations that support people through a perfect storm of rising costs, rocketing demand on services and people, all with reduced donations and funding.


Challenge Poverty Week

Tax u-turn is welcome, but now we must boost social security

Commenting on today’s announcement that the UK Government will not proceed with plans to abolish the 45p tax-rate, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said: “The UK Government’s budget was an attack on the values of justice and compassion that are at the heart of our society. Scrapping the biggest tax break for the … Read more

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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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

Guest blog – Sustrans Scotland offers support for active travel in marginalised communities

Sustrans Scotland has launched a support service to help third sector organisations encourage walking, wheeling and cycling in marginalised communities The benefits of walking and cycling for more everyday journeys are well documented – a 2017 study showed that regularly cycling to work reduced the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.  However, … Read more

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