CPAG in Scotland responds to JRF referendum briefing on child poverty

February 2, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today responded to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) referendum paper on child poverty. The JRF paper highlights the significant falls in child poverty since 2001, but says further progress hinges upon tackling poverty among families where no adults are in paid work and that poverty must be central to the independence debate.

John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, said;

"After a decade or more of very real progress independent forecasts now suggest an explosion in child poverty as a result of current UK government tax and benefit policy. This JRF briefing highlights the need to focus support on families who are unable to work as well as those in work. The challenge now for all sides in the independence debate is to help build the public support and political will needed to invest in social security and childcare as well as create a far fairer distribution of rewards and opportunities in the workplace, wherever powers end up lying."

ENDS

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

1. The JRF Referendum Briefing: Child poverty in Scotland from the New Policy Institute is available under embargo to journalists by contacting the JRF press office pressoffice@jrf.org.uk

2. Latest independent forecasts by the IFS suggest the percentage of Scotland's children living in poverty will increase from 19.6% in 2011/12 to 26.2% in 2020. see J Browne, A Hood, R Joyce, Child and working-age poverty in Northern Ireland over the next decade: an update, Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2013. Appendix A: Table A.1 for UK figures and Table B.2 for Scotland figures.' http://www.ifs.org.uk/bns/bn144.pdf

3. CPAG in Scotland is a leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in Scotland and across the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.