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.
Analysis: 5 ways new research shows Scotland lives in permanent food poverty
New research by Menu for Change shows that food poverty has become deeply ingrained as a feature of Scottish life
DESPITE a vaunted recovery in employment and claims by the Conservative government that the dog days of austerity are behind us, food poverty persists.
In the year from 2017-18 Scots received some half a million emergency food parcels to alleviate the most acute forms of food poverty. There are now 2,000 food banks in regular operation across the UK, when there were almost none less than 20 years ago.
Rhiannon Sims: People can't afford to live in their own cities - it's time to tackle housing inequality
Rhiannon Sims, Policy and Research Adviser at Oxfam Scotland, marks Scottish Housing Day by calling for housing to be treated not just as an asset but as a human right, ahead of the launch of a documentary on housing inequality this week
HOUSING is more than just an asset: it is a human right. It is something everyone needs, but not everyone has.
When we’ve asked people in Scotland what matters most to them, access to a secure and affordable home is top of the list. Without it, people’s chances of escaping poverty are massively reduced.
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.
Hilary Long: There's no shortcuts - tackling poverty and alienation is the only route to addressing Scotland's drugs crisis
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on destitution and Scotland’s new drug death stats, finding that overcoming deep rooted social ills will require confronting the causes of poverty directly
TWO headlines this week should be making our politicians hang their heads in shame.
Michael McEwan: Hopes are high for Social Security Scotland - it needs to deliver
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the devolution of social security powers to Scotland is an opportunity for real change that can’t be missed
SCOTLAND now has a newly formed Social Security Agency. The Scottish Act 2016 transferred new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, allowing Scottish ministers to develop new policies on benefits, which – we all hope – will work to tackle poverty in Scotland.
On target for 2030? Review finds Scotland must match ambitions with actions to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals
Is Scotland meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals it signed up to four years ago? CommonSpace analyses a new UWS-Oxfam report
A report examining how Scotland is doing at meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 has found overwhelmingly that Scotland has the right values and commitments to meeting the goals, but needs real follow-through to deliver.