Employment itself not enough to end poverty blighting children’s lives

June 10, 2014
  • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) responds to new JRF referendum briefing

Child poverty campaigners today responded to the publication of a new referendum briefing on poverty and work from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). John Dickie, the Head of CPAG in Scotland, commented:

” This report makes absolutely clear that increased employment is in itself not enough to end the shocking level of poverty that blights the lives of too many children across Scotland. Whatever the outcome of the referendum action is needed to make work pay and give families access to affordable, flexible childcare. But we also need a new approach to social security and to invest more in universal Child Benefit and the other supports that families in and out of work all need to give their children a decent start in life.”

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.
  • Referendum briefing on the JRF website: Poverty and work in Scotland.