Poverty Alliance Conference 2023

Drawing A Line Conference Briefings

The Poverty Alliance Conference 2023 – Drawing A Line – was an opportunity to explore why a Minimum Income Guarantee is needed, looking at key aspects of the current poverty problem in Scotland. We identified priority actions and key campaigning priorities that will take us closer to a Minimum Income Guarantee. We have brought together … Read more

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A Just Transition Plan for Transport – Views of people on low incomes

In a just and compassionate Scotland, everyone would have affordable, sustainable travel options that give them more freedom, increase their opportunities, and support their health and wellbeing. As part of our Get Heard Scotland project, the Poverty Alliance was commissioned by the Just Transition team at the Scottish Government to support the engagement of people … Read more

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Consultation response: Social Security Amendment Bill

We built our social security system so that everyone — especially those who most it — have stability and freedom to prosper and thrive in an uncertain world. For too long, successive governments have weakened our social security system, so that more and more people are being allowed to fall into unjust poverty. There has … Read more

Briefing: The Scottish Budget 2024-2025

Too many people across Scotland, including 250,000 children, are having their life chances restricted by the injustice of preventable poverty. This is completely unjust in a wealthy country like Scotland. The risk of poverty continues to be particularly high for disabled people; single parents, the majority of whom are women; and Black and minority ethnic … Read more

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Briefing: Dying in the margins

This briefing was created for MSPs in advance of a member’s debate on the Dying in the Margins research project by the University of Glasgow and Marie Curie. Terminal illness amplifies existing inequality and poverty. Research from Marie Curie and the University of Loughborough found one in four people die in poverty at the end … Read more

Consultation Response: Impact of the rising cost of living on women

Poverty is gendered with women more likely to experience poverty compared to men at all points in their life. This is our joint response with the Scottish Women’s Budget Group to the Commons Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into how women are being affected by the cost of living crisis. In it, we outline how … Read more

Consultation response: Work and Pensions Committee on Safeguarding Vulnerable Claimants

The Commons Work & Pensions Committee is looking into how DWP supports vulnerable benefit claimants and whether its approach to safeguarding needs to change. In our response we call for the increased importance and recognition of ‘Vulnerable Claimants’ engaging with DWP services. We highlight the importance of the conceptualisation and operationalisation of vulnerable claimants, experiences … Read more

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Get Heard Scotland: Community Wealth Building

The Scottish Government have committed to the Community Wealth Building (CWB) approach to economic development as a means of achieving their wellbeing economy objectives. As part of the consultation on CWB legislation, the Poverty Alliance were commissioned to recruit, support and facilitate a citizen’s panel of people with experience of poverty to share their views … Read more

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