‘You just see the prices go up…’: Families’ experiences of in-work poverty in Scotland and implications for children’s human rights

This policy briefing presents key findings and offers recommendations to policymakers at the mid-point of a three-year action research project on in-work poverty and the hospitality sector – with a particular focus on children and families. This briefing outlines initial considerations towards a comprehensive Scottish policy landscape which delivers children’s rights and tackles child poverty … Read more

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Child Maintenance During a Cost-of-Living Crisis – A System of Support?

Child Maintenance is a key source of income for many households in the UK, but long-term system issues are preventing parents from being able to access support. Improving systems of support around Child Maintenance should be a key priority area for policy. This research provides a critical snapshot of parent’s experiences of Child Maintenance during … Read more

Finding a Voice, Taking Action: Using Action Learning Sets to Support Change in the Scottish Hospitality Industry

Finding a Voice, Taking Action: Using Action Learning Sets to Support Change in the Scottish Hospitality Industry

This report summarises progress to date and key learning from the first stage of the action learning set (ALS) workstream within the Serving the Future, a three-year action research project working with hospitality employers and workers. The project is seeking to understand, reduce and prevent in-work poverty and identify changes that could be made within … Read more

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Serving the Future: Workers’ Experiences of Low-Paid Work

This briefing highlights findings from the Serving the Future project on hospitality workers’ experiences of low-paid work in Scotland. In interviews with workers over a 12-month period, the research is seeking to understand: ■ The demands and challenges of sustaining employment in the hospitality sector over time; ■ The impacts of working in the hospitality … Read more

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Hospitality in Scotland: Key Issues for the Future of the Sector

The Serving the Future project is funded by The Robertson Trust. It is a partnership between the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures and the Poverty Alliance. The project works with hospitality employers and related public services, as well as with people in the sector, to identify and … Read more

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Research: ‘The life of Glasgow pigeons is more certain’

‘The life of Glasgow pigeons is more certain’ People seeking asylum are known to experience high rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. This research highlights experiences of mental health and wellbeing of people who are – or who have – navigated the asylum process in the UK. Using a participatory research approach underpinned … Read more

Asylum seeker rights in action research briefing

‘Education is supposed to be free for all’ – Research briefing

In Scotland, we believe that asylum seekers are currently being denied their right to education. Here we share the experiences of asylum seekers calling for an education system that provides a ladder of hope to build a brighter future. This research was carried out as part of the Rights in Action project being conducted by … Read more

Fife Stigma Toolkit

Fife Stigma Toolkit

This toolkit was developed as an aid to support thinking and challenging stigma at a local level to help improve outcomes for families. It was designed as part of a project by Making it Work for Families (MIWFF). This is a partnership project that brings together staff from Fife Gingerbread, Clued Up, Citizens Advice & … Read more

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“It’s hard work being poor” – Women’s Experiences of the Cost-of-Living Crisis in Scotland

This report by the Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group shares the experiences of women in Scotland on low incomes affected by the cost-of-living crisis. Through interviews and journals, a diverse group of women on low incomes shared deepening experiences of poverty and hardship including hunger and being cold. Alongside this, some women … Read more

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