Press Releases

  • Evidence mounts on need for a Holyrood boost to family benefits to meet Scotland's child poverty targets

    March 5, 2018

    New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows (1) 

    The biggest group affected will be working families with three children, who will miss out on up to £2,780 per year as a result of the cut. Larger, non-working families already have their benefit awards limited by the benefit cap so are not the main target of the policy.

     Overall, upwards of an estimated 850,000 families with more than two children are likely to be affected, around two thirds of whom will be working. Approximately two thirds will have only three children. (2)

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  • Immediate action needed as official figures show increase in child poverty in Scotland

    March 16, 2017

    • Child poverty up to 4 million across the UK

    • Key driver is UK government cuts to family benefits, say campaigners

    Campaigners today urged the Scottish Government to redouble its efforts and use all the powers at its disposal to boost family incomes as official figures revealed that over 1 in 4 children in Scotland are now living in poverty. (1) Across the UK, child poverty jumped to 4 million. (2)

    The latest statistics show that 260,000 children (26%) are living in poverty in Scotland compared to 220,000 (22%) in the previous year.

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  • MSPs urged to use Budget Bill to top-up child benefit by £5

    February 2, 2017

    Children’s Commissioner and faith groups join children’s charities, unions and anti-poverty groups in call for investment in family incomes to help end child poverty.

    Leading voices from Scottish civil society[i] came together today to urge MSPs to press the Scottish Government to use the Budget Bill – which will be debated at Holyrood today – to top-up child benefit by £5 a week.

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