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    April 3, 2017

    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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  • Child poverty report highlights why proposed Child Poverty Bill vital, say campaigner

    December 21, 2016

    Child Poverty Action Group welcomes wide support for new Bill and says ambitions need to be backed by action ‘using every tool in the toolbox,’ including the power to top up child benefit.

    Responding today to the publication of the Scottish Government’s annual report for its Child Poverty Strategy , John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Autumn Statement: “hugely disappointing” say child poverty campaigners

    November 23, 2016

    John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, reacted today to the Autumn Statement saying:

    “This Autumn Statement was hugely disappointing for those of us who hoped the Prime Minister was going to act to back up the rhetoric on supporting families who are ‘just about managing’ . The Chancellor’s lowering of the universal credit taper is a sticking plaster to family budgets that are haemorrhaging losses imposed on them by his predecessor’s budgets.

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  • Child poverty campaigners call for decisive action from Prime Minister to stop welfare reforms further damaging children

    November 2, 2016

    • New research says Scottish households will lose £1billion more a year by 2020/21 as result of post-2015 UK welfare reforms

    Responding today to new research for the Scottish Parliament that shows Scottish households alone will lose a further £1billion a year in benefit cuts by 2021, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • CPAG in Scotland welcomes consultation on the future of social security in Scotland

    July 29, 2016

    CPAG in Scotland today welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of social security in Scotland.

    John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland today said,

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  • Child poverty campaigners welcome new Scottish child poverty bill

    July 20, 2016

    Campaigners today welcomed the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the Scottish Government will bring forward a Child Poverty Bill enshrining in legislation its commitment to eradicating child poverty. The Director of the Child Poverty Action group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said:


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  • Child poverty campaigners welcome food poverty report

    June 30, 2016
    • “It is possible to end the need for foodbanks during this Parliament” say independent working group
    • Report sets out ways this “must happen” including by topping up benefits and ensuring Scottish Welfare Fund is first port of call for people in crisis

    Responding to the publication today of the Independent Working on Food Poverty report (see note 1) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

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