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

10 June 2014

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.”