High profile of child poverty must be harnessed to transform children's lives

19 September 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today responded to the result of Scotland’s independence referendum.

The Director of CPAG in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

“The fact that rising child poverty was such a recurring and high profile issue throughout the referendum campaign was hugely welcome, as was the level of public engagement in discussing how we create a fairer Scotland.

Commitments have been made, new approaches to social security proposed and expectations raised. This has all been a far cry and a refreshing change from the prevailing UK discourse of welfare dependency, scroungers and benefit cuts that is pushing up to 100 000 more children into poverty in Scotland alone.

It is now vital that we grasp this opportunity to harness the public will and political focus generated over the last few weeks and use it to transform the lives of the one in five children for whom September 18th 2014 was just another day scarred by poverty”.

 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.

 • under current UK government policy up to 100 000 more children will be pushed into poverty by 2020 in Scotland alone (http://www.cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/PiS2014%20Summary%20Briefing%...(updated%20August%202014)_0.pdf)