Press Releases

  • 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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  • "No room for complacency" say child poverty campaigners as over 1 in 5 children in Scotland still living in poverty

    June 25, 2015
    • Falls in child poverty welcome, but material deprivation increases
    • Campaigners fear worse to come as big cuts threatened to tax credits, and say housing costs must be kept down to protect family budgets
    • Grim news across UK as government no closer to meeting child poverty targets

    Responding to today’s publication of official 2013/14 child poverty statistics for Scotland and the rest of the UK, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Short Changed – How Children Are Hit Hard By Limits To Key Support

    May 22, 2015

    Over two million children are in families that are cutting back on food or heating their homes as a result of the decision not to raise children’s benefits in line with the cost of living, new research from the coalition End Child Poverty reveals.

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  • Make work fair for parents and give children decent childhoods, say UNISON and Child Poverty Action Group

    May 1, 2015

    CPAG, Scotland’s most high profile child poverty charity, and UNISON, Scotland’s biggest trade union have joined together to call on political parties to lay out policies to tackle in-work poverty.

    The call comes as the two organisations release their report Fair Work and Decent Childhoods – policies for those who work to live lives free of poverty. They call for investment in the social security system and say we must not allow a race to the bottom on skills, pay and insecure work.

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  • Charities, unions and faith groups urge candidates to back new approach to welfare

    April 27, 2015



    Coalition calls for fundamental rethink of social security in next Parliament

    A coalition of over 60 of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups has written to all Scotland’s Westminster election candidates calling for dignity and respect to be placed back at the heart of the country’s social security system.

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  • CPAG in Scotland Response to UK Budget 2015: ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’

    March 18, 2015

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

    “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children in Scotland and across the UK behind.

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