‘Huge concern’ over new severe poverty figures

  • ‘Nothing inevitable about these levels of poverty’ say child poverty campaigners
  • ‘Government and employers at every level must make different decisions’

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today responded to the publication of new figures on severe and extreme poverty in Scotland.

The Director of CPAG in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

“It is a huge concern that even when progress was being made on child poverty an increasing proportion of children in poverty were living in severe poverty. Worse still it is those families with the lowest incomes that are most vulnerable to the cuts in benefits and tax credits that are forecast to lead to massive increases in child poverty in the next few years.

There is absolutely nothing inevitable about these levels of poverty. They are the result of political and economic decisions to tolerate low pay and insecurity at work and to cut the child benefits and tax credits that families both in and out of work rely on. We need to see politicians and employers at every level make different decisions, prioritise support for families and make work pay.

The UK government must restore the value of child and family benefits as a matter of urgency and take a far more assertive approach to increasing the national minimum wage. Here in Scotland we need to promote decent pay, act to keep housing costs down and use all the powers at the disposal of local and national government to boost support for families and cut the costs they face.”

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For further details and interviews please contact John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, on 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618

Notes to Editors
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty and for a better deal for low-income families and children.