Challenging Poverty: Scottish Government 'must do more' with devolved powers
New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that changing poverty levels are largely the result of UK policies — but the Scottish Government has the power to act
A REPORT published this week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘Poverty in Scotland 2019’ has called for “more ambition and action” from the Scottish Government to address rising poverty levels.
Hilary Long: The shipping container and office block kids
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the shocking revelations of a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England on temporary accommodation
SQUEEZED in after Boris Johnson’s fantasies about a renegotiated Brexit deal as he gallivants around Europe, a news item about a new report on homeless children caught my attention.
Analysis: Kids not flights - Scottish Child Payment shows how progressive choices make a difference
The money saved from not going ahead with an air tax cut is about equivalent to the money to be spent on a “game-changer” in tackling child poverty – making progressive choices matters, Ben Wray finds
Poverty, food deserts and poor transport: 5 ways Scots are denied ‘the Right to Food’
What’s preventing many Scots from accessing food which is available, accessible, adequate and sustainable?
IN A NEW report published today [15 April], the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) argued that the ‘right to food’ should be enforced within Scots Law.
The report provides a detailed account of how many Scots are currently being denied the right to food, defined as food which “must be available, accessible (economically and physically), adequate (satisfying dietary needs, safe and culturally acceptable) and sustainable”.
Scottish Parliament slams Universal Credit ahead of UN inquiry into Tory austerity
Tory welfare cuts will result in £3.7b reduction of social security spending in Scotland
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT united against both the Scottish Conservatives and the UK Government during a debate on the impact of Universal Credit and Tory welfare cuts on those in poverty in Holyrood today [6 November].
The debate comes as the United Nations special investigator on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, begins a two-week inquiry into the impact of austerity in the UK and its effect on human rights.
John Dickie & Peter Kelly: Why the £5 child benefit top-up is the right policy at the right time
John Dickie, from the Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, and Peter Kelly, from the Poverty Alliance, explain why the child benefit top up can help tackle child poverty, and why it is advisable over means-tested approaches
BETWEEN now and 2022, Scotland will introduce a new income supplement for low income families; a welcome step that recognises the need to use the new social security powers that Scotland has to reduce poverty.
‘Change the language of poverty’: Children’s sector calls for 25 changes to improve lives of young Scots
Policy proposals and demands for cultural change chosen by Scottish young people have been published to mark the 25th anniversary of Children in Scotland
SCOTLAND’S YOUNG PEOPLE have demanded a lower voting age, better mental health care, an expansion of the rights of trans youth and a society-wide change in the way child poverty is talked about, via a new Scotland-wide campaign.