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Involving experts by experience in our work

When we first met as a Commission, we were clear we wanted to place lived experience at the heart of what we do. We all believed that incorporating the unique perspective from people living with poverty would make our work more informed, credible and influential. However, we also discussed how we weren’t sure that we knew the best ways of putting the insights and experience of people living with poverty at the heart of our work.

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International Women’s Day

Written by Katie Schmuecker

This International Women’s Day there are women in Scotland who are caught in a rising tide of poverty, with their incomes restricted by patterns of work and the division of caring responsibilities – whether that’s for children, disabled or older people. This simply isn’t right in a society that prides itself on justice and compassion.

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Child Rights and Child Poverty

Written by Professor Morag Treanor with input from Juliet Harris of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)

Today is Universal Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is a charter comprising 42 articles that set out the human rights to which all children are entitled. It was ratified by every country in the world with the exception of the USA. Although ratified, the UNCRC in the UK was not incorporated into domestic law, which means that children’s rights in the UK have no legal power. The lack of incorporation of the UNCRC into UK or Scots law has meant that whilst courts have found some welfare policies to be in breach of children’s UNCRC rights there has been nothing that the court can do to provide remedy.  For example, the ‘benefits cap’, introduced under the Welfare Reform Act 2012, was found to be in breach of the UNCRC in 2015 but the court had no power to provide any form of redress. In Scotland this may be about to change.

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