New programme to support community-led action research in Scotland

The Scottish Community Development Centre and The Poverty Alliance have announced a new support resource for community-led action research, jointly funded by Scottish Government and The National Lottery Community Fund. The two-year programme will fund six community organisations to develop their own evidence to influence change in their communities – and to take forward actions … Read more

NEWS: Poverty Alliance responds to new Scottish Child Payment

For immediate use Wednesday 26th June 2019 Responding to the announcement of a new Scottish Child Payment, Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said: “Amid a rising tide of poverty, the new Scottish Child Payment will act as a lifeline for families struggling to stay afloat. An additional £10 per week will help unlock … Read more

Blog: Kids can’t wait another three years

Community Activist Kerrie Friel discusses the need to fast track the Scottish Government’s new income supplement for families on low incomes. I believe that the people of Scotland are proud that we live in a society founded upon compassion and justice, yet without urgent action, one in three of our children will be swept into … Read more

Kids can’t wait for new income supplement: letter to First Minister

More than 70 leaders and organisations from across Scottish society have joined together to call on the First Minister to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty.[1] Poverty campaigners, faith leaders, academics, children’s charities, trade unions, women’s groups and industry bodies have today written a joint letter to the … Read more

BLOG: Transport and poverty: making the connection

The right to work, the right to health, the right to education, the right to cultural life, and the right to an adequate standard of living; these are the inalienable rights we all share. Yet too often, the rights of people on low incomes are not fully realised because of unaffordable, unavailable and inaccessible transport … Read more

Poverty Alliance responds to UN report on poverty in the UK

Responding to the report, Anela Anwar, Convenor of the Poverty Alliance, said: “This report lays bare the scandalous reality of poverty in the UK. Our social security system should be an anchor that helps us stay afloat during difficult times. But as the report makes clear, the introduction of Universal Credit, the benefits freeze and … Read more

Calls for urgent cash boost for families as Scotland’s poverty rate rises

Official statistics released today show poverty is continuing to rise in Scotland, with 24% of children (240,000) now living in poverty. In response, the Give Me Five campaign, supported by senior academics, children’s charities, anti-poverty groups and leaders of Scotland’s Churches have renewed their call for the Scottish Government to deliver an immediate cash boost … Read more

Poverty Alliance responds to Spring Statement

The Poverty Alliance have responded to today’s Spring Statement from the Chancellor, describing the failure to end the benefits freeze as a missed opportunity to unlock hundreds of thousands of people across the UK from poverty. Despite continued calls from anti-poverty organisations – as well as the Work and Pensions Committee – to end the … Read more

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