Press Releases

  • Families face emotional and financial pressures as school holidays loom

    December 23, 2015

    New report says low income families struggle with food, childcare and heating costs during the school holidays

    New research published today (Wednesday 23rd December) by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland highlights how struggling families face additional pressures when schools close for the holidays.

    With the Christmas holidays underway, parents say they feel guilty when they can’t afford to provide the same holiday experiences, toys, trips and memories as their peers.

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  • CPAG, OPFS and the Poverty Truth Commission welcome the protection of school clothing grants

    December 8, 2015


    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and One Parent Families Scotland today welcomed a series of changes to the Education (Scotland) Bill which will help to ensure that children from low income backgrounds are given a better chance of succeeding at school. In particular CPAG highlighted the importance of a new provision which will enable the Scottish Government to ensure that all local authorities offer school clothing grants to low income families, helping them to cope with the growing cost of uniforms.

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  • "Tax credits reprieve a stay of execution, but wider cuts to family support still set to drive up child poverty” - campaigners respond to UK spending review

    November 25, 2015

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Spending Review statement John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said;

    "The Chancellor has half-solved the problem his summer budget created for low paid working families. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to struggling parents but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this a stay of execution rather than a full reprieve.

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  • “More can and must be done,” campaigners respond to Scottish government annual report on child poverty

    October 9, 2015
    • Continued Scottish Government commitment welcome as UK government abandons child poverty promises

    Responding to today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s Annual Report on Child Poverty, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Cost of the School Day research published

    October 2, 2015

    Children and young people from low income families in Glasgow can find that costs across the school day act as a barrier to their participation at school. This can make pupils feel excluded and in some cases, may have a direct result on their ability to achieve, research has found.

    The research findings from a unique, year-long pilot project in Glasgow looking at the impact of poverty on the lives of children and young people and their access to an education will be published on Friday 2 October.

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  • Hard Choices: Reducing the need for food banks in Scotland

    September 19, 2015

    Food bank users tell their own stories in hard hitting new report

    Gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks - but action at Scottish and local level could also help families avoid crisis, according to a report published today by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, in association with the Trussell Trust and Oxfam Scotland.

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  • Scotland's kinship carers set to lose out under Universal Credit, according to CPAG report

    August 18, 2015

    •    UK government should amend Universal Credit regulations to take account of different Scottish legal framework, say campaigners
    •    Scottish Government could use existing powers to ensure minimum level of kinship care payment
    •    Consideration of interaction with UK benefits vital as further welfare powers devolved to avoid “iniquitous” outcomes faced by kinship carers

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  • 'Cost of a child' revealed as crisis in family finances looms

    August 12, 2015

    Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced for the Child Poverty Action Group.

    Families with both parents working full time at the national minimum wage are 16 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report. For a couple with two children, that’s a gap of £75.75 per week.

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  • London’s poorest hit by cuts to council tax support

    July 30, 2015

      Two years on from the abolition of national council tax benefit, tens of thousands of low-income Londoners are still reeling in the face of local payment demands, a report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K reveals.

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  • CPAG in Scotland responds to the emergency budget

    July 8, 2015


    CPAG in Scotland welcomes an increase in the minimum wage but is concerned that this budget will deprive many working families of the last traces of economic security. Cuts to tax credits, a reduction in the benefit cap and the freezing of family benefits will be disastrous for many. What the Chancellor described as a 'one nation' budget will in fact divide and exclude, increasing child poverty and in work poverty while lowering taxes for the better off.

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