Shock as 30,000 more children pushed into poverty in Scotland

July 1, 2014

Responding to today's publication of official 2012/13 child poverty statistics for Scotland and the rest of the UK, John Dickie, Head of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland said,

"These shocking figures mark the turning of the tide on child poverty as UK government tax and benefit policies slash family incomes at the same time as wages stagnate. After years of real progress 30,000 children have already been pushed into poverty in Scotland and massive increases are forecast for the years ahead. UK Ministers need to come out of their denial and produce a child poverty strategy that boosts rather than cuts family incomes, while here in Scotland Ministers need to translate the Scottish Child Poverty Strategy into the improved wages, services and support that families need in the face of unprecedented pressure on their incomes"

"Behind these statistics are tens of thousands of children across Scotland who, despite their parents best efforts, will see their health undermined, education damaged and life chances thwarted unless government at every level act with the utmost urgency"

For more information and comment contact John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland on 0141 552 3656