CPAG in Scotland response to UN Rapporteur’s report

22 May 2019

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

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22/05/19

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CPAG in Scotland response to UN Rapporteur’s report

Responding to the UN Special Rapporteurs report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, John Dickie, the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

“The UN Rapporteur has exposed the UK Government’s refusal to acknowledge the scale of child poverty. By shining an independent light on poverty, in Scotland and across the UK, this report lays bare the poor living conditions of children and their families that are seen every day in schools, playgrounds and doctors’ surgeries. As a nation, we want to provide a good start for every child yet one in four - 240,000 - children in Scotland are living in poverty, 4.1 million across the UK. Worse still  independent projections suggest number will reach 5 million by 2020-21.

The UK Work and Pensions Secretary has said she wants a compassionate social security system.  The vital question now is will she then commit to restoring the value of children’s benefits and make sure that they once again rise with inflation? “

Mr Dickie continued;

“But more can be done in Scotland too. As the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted yesterday (2) there is a massive gap between the scale of Scotland’s ambition to tackle child poverty and the scale of resources allocated to delivering that commitment.

The Special Rapporteur has highlighted the need for the Scottish Government to move swiftly on its welcome commitment to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law. This must be done in a way that fully realises the right to an adequate standard of living for every child and the right to benefit from social security (3). It is clear that we can and must do more in Scotland to help families who are struggling. The urgent delivery of the Scottish Government’s promised income supplement must be a top priority. “

ENDS

  1. https://povertyinequality.scot/publications/
  2. Articles 26 and 27.
  3. The UN Special rapporteurs findings can be read here https://undocs.org/A/HRC/41/39/Add.1
  4. Child Poverty Action Group’s submission to the investigation can be found at http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/submission-un-special-rapporteur-extreme-poverty-and-human-rights  highlighted concerns “that there is no explicit requirement for the Social Security (Scotland) Act’s provisions to have due regard to international human rights frameworks”
  5. John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, met with the UN Rapporteur as part of a visit to Avenue End primary school in Glasgow. The school, working with CPAG, has been at the forefront of action to involve children in taking positive action to reduce and remove financial barriers to participation at school.
  6. For further comment or interviews please contact John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, on 07795 340 618