Child poverty campaigners welcome Public Health experts 'call to action'

September 20, 2017

"Living wages, progressive taxation and investment in social security vital to reducing poverty and protecting children's health and well being" say child poverty campaigners

The Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, welcomed today's (20/09/17) launch of a 'call to action' on Scotland's health inequalities from the Faculty of Public Health. The public health experts make clear the need to use all of Scotland's tax and benefit levers to address the poverty that underpins health inequalities.

Responding to the calls - contained in the report 'Healthy Lives, Fairer Futures' - Mr Dickie said:

"This 'call to action' from the nation's public health experts makes absolutely clear that living wages, progressive taxation and investment in social security are all absolutely vital to reducing poverty and protecting children's health and well-being. If we are serious about making sure all our children can look forward to healthy lives then government at every level needs to act on these recommendations and Scottish Ministers must use every tool in their toolbox, including powers to top up UK benefits, to boost family incomes ".

ENDS

For more information contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, jdickie@cpagscotland.org.uk , 0141 552 3656 or 07795 340 618

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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.