Press Releases

  • Children and anti-poverty organisations say the time is right to act on child poverty

    June 28, 2016

    A coalition of children’s and anti-poverty organisations are calling on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation in this parliament that will identify and tackle child poverty in Scotland.

    New official figures released by the Scottish Government today show over one in five (220 000) of Scotland’s children are still living in poverty – with two thirds of those children living in working families (1).

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  • Call for action as official figures reveal 1 in 5 children in Scotland still in poverty

    June 28, 2016

    Campaigners step up call for action as official figures reveal over one in five children in Scotland still living in poverty

    • Increasing proportion of poor children living in working families
    • ‘UK government must rethink cuts to family benefits and new universal credit’
    • ‘Scottish Government must use new powers to top up child benefit’

    Responding to the publication today of annual child poverty figures (see note 1) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

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  • Use new powers to invest £5 a week in every child, say child poverty campaigners

    April 8, 2016
    • New Scottish Parliament faces massive increases in child poverty
    • £5 top up to child benefit would reduce child poverty by 14% - lifting 30 000 children out of poverty

    Launching its programme for the next Scottish Government the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today calls on the new parliament to seize a golden opportunity to reduce child poverty by investing £5 a week in every child through child benefit .

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  • Political parties respond to new ‘state of the nation’ poverty report

    March 23, 2016

    Poverty to be put at heart of Holyrood election campaign

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  • “Budget sets next generation up to be the poorest for decades” say child poverty campaigners

    March 16, 2016

    Responding to today’s Budget, the Director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said:

    “This Budget puts the next generation last and sets it up to be the poorest generation for decades. The Chancellor ignored both the one in five children in Scotland and the 3.7m children across the UK who are in poverty now and the fact that according to IFS projections we face the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. (see note below)

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  • 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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