We have received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work on our analysis of the Scottish Budget. Letter from Cabinet Secretary
“Poverty has a firm grip on Scotland. The statistics published today show that poverty is rising. Behind these statistics, there is the reality that over 1 million people are locked in a daily struggle to make ends meet. If the Scottish Government is serious about addressing this, it should be making full use of their powers to reduce housing costs, improve earnings and enhance social security. The Scottish Government must prioritise the development of its income supplement for low income families. Today’s figures show that current actions are not having a significant impact on reducing the numbers of people trapped in poverty. Tinkering around the edges is not working. It is time for meaningful action.”
POVERTY COMMISSION RECOMMENDS ADDITIONAL CASH TO HELP FAMILIES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
A report published today recommends that an additional cash benefit should be introduced to help Scotland’s poorest families during the school holidays.
Prominent blogger and campaigner Jack Monroe was in Edinburgh today to speak at the first annual public meeting of Scotland’s Poverty and Inequality Commission.
The author of blog and cookbook A Girl Called Jack joined other speakers to address an audience which included people with lived experience of poverty and inequality, frontline workers, campaigners, policy makers and members of the public.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s advice on the Scottish Government’s first Child Poverty Delivery Plan to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities following a letter of 21 September 2017 to the Commission Letter to Cabinet Secretary
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