Policy and campaigns

Influencing policy

We work to influence policy through briefings and responding to consultations on policy and legislative changes that impact on children facing poverty in Scotland.

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We seek out every opportunity to raise the profile of child poverty in Scotland in the media, political arena, public consciousness and relevant professional contexts.

Give Me Five

CPAG are members of the Give Me Five Campaign.

Sign our petition

Email your MSP.

Increasing child benefit by just £5 a week for every child could lift thousands of children out of poverty.

Poverty currently affects one in four children in Scotland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that poverty can be solved.

Tackling poverty is good for us all, and we believe that social security should help enable children to access all the opportunities available to them.

Find out more about the campaign here and how to get involved.

Free school meals

CPAG in Scotland took a lead role in the campaign for free school meals, which was launched in 2001 to persuade the Scottish Parliament to introduce universal free school meals and therefore ensure that every child in Scotland has at least one decent nutritious meal a day.

Read more on the free school meals campaign page.

Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform

CPAG in Scotland along with Poverty Alliance, One Parent Families Scotland and others coordinate the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR). SCoWR was set up in 2006 to highlight the concerns of this diverse coalition of organisations in Scotland to the UK government’s Welfare Reform proposals.

To date a wide range of organisations in Scotland, including Oxfam, Children 1st, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the STUC and Scottish church groups have signed up.

Read more on the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform page.