Child poverty campaigners say Ministers have “no time to lose” in acting on Commission’s child poverty advice

February 26, 2018
“Investment in social security needed if targets are to be met” says independent Commission

Responding to today’s publication of independent advice on child poverty from the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s (26/02/18) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

“The Commission is absolutely right to stress that Scottish Ministers need to use new social security powers to tackle child poverty. With families facing huge financial pressures as wages stagnate and UK benefits are slashed, Ministers have absolutely no time to lose in making the investment need to boost family incomes. The Commission sets out a range of options for topping up family benefits, at the same time as churches, children’s organisations, trade unions and anti-poverty groups are calling for an immediate £5 top up to child benefit. With clear proposals on the table Ministers must now act if they are serious about making serious inroads into the shocking levels of poverty that undermine our children’s futures.”

Mr Dickie continued:

“Using new powers to top up family benefits is absolutely key as part of the wider action needed to end child poverty. The Commission advice clearly sets out the need to act on employment, childcare and housing so as to boost incomes and reduce the costs families face. The Government forthcoming delivery plan now needs to set out in detail what actions will be taken against all the recommendations in this important advice.”

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For more information contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, jdickie@cpagscotland.org.uk , 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618
Notes
  • Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the one in four children in Scotland growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We use our understanding of what causes poverty and the impact it has on children’s lives to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty – for good. We are leading expert providers of second tier social security advice, information and training.
  • The Poverty and Inequality Commissions was set up by the Scottish Government to provides independent advice to Scottish Ministers on reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland and to scrutinise the progress that is being made. Its advice to Ministers on the forthcoming child poverty delivery plan required by the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act can be found at https://povertyinequality.scot/publications/ .
  • Give Me Five is a coalition of faith groups, children’s charities, anti-poverty groups and trade union groups and supported by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, campaigning for the Scottish Government to top up child benefit by £5 per week. It believes the Scottish Government should use its powers to commit to top up child benefit by £5 a week for every child, and in doing so, not only lift 30,000 children out of poverty, but help to increase the incomes of all families across Scotland. http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/give-me-five-child-benefit-top-campaign