Press Releases

  • 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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  • Child poverty campaigners respond to Smith Commission

    November 27, 2014


    • New powers must be used to prevent child poverty
    • “Real opportunities to improve support for families in Scotland”, but:
    • Bulk of family benefits and wider levers needed to tackle poverty remain at UK level
    • “Fundamental changes still needed to Westminster’s approach to social security, low pay and job insecurity”


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  • Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks, users’ experience shows: new report

    November 19, 2014




    While UK-wide policy is pushing up use of food banks, interviews also highlight a role for the Scottish Government and local authorities in preventing income crisis

    Gaps in the social safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.

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  • Child poverty map shows shocking levels of hardship across Scotland

    October 15, 2014

    New figures also reveal big variations across local authorities

    The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published figures that provide a child poverty map of Scotland. The new statistics, released during Challenge Poverty Week in Scotland show levels of child poverty at local authority and ward level for MP’s constituencies.

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  • Shock as 30,000 more children pushed into poverty in Scotland

    July 1, 2014

    Responding to today's publication of official 2012/13 child poverty statistics for Scotland and the rest of the UK, John Dickie, Head of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland said,

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  • Employment itself not enough to end poverty blighting children’s lives

    June 10, 2014
    • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) responds to new JRF referendum briefing

    Child poverty campaigners today responded to the publication of a new referendum briefing on poverty and work from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). John Dickie, the Head of CPAG in Scotland, commented:

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  • Child poverty campaigners respond to Expert Working Group on Welfare

    June 4, 2014
    • Report creates ‘opportunity for a far more positive approach to social security for families in and out of work wherever powers lie’
    • However, new approach must go further and “be underpinned by a restoration of the value and universality of child benefit”
    • “No excuse for continuing to tolerate a social security system that leaves children languishing in poverty”

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group report on Welfare.

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  • CPAG responds to new reports on welfare reform and Scottish Welfare Fund

    May 16, 2014
    • Welfare reform ‘having devastating impact’
    • Services must adapt to increasing pressures families are under
    • Permanent Scottish Welfare Fund must be ‘adequately funded with ring fenced resources and ensure support reaches families facing exceptional pressures’

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today (16 May) responded to the publication of new Scottish Government reports highlighting the damaging impacts of welfare reform and reviewing the interim Scottish Welfare Fund.

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  • 'Budget locks in poverty producing cuts' say child poverty campaigners

    March 19, 2014
    • Lower income families continue to shoulder burden of 'austerity'
    • Family living standards face continued crisis as ‘cost of a child’ rises faster than wages, inflation and family benefits

    Responding to the UK Budget Statement today (19th March) John Dickie, the head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland John Dickie said;

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  • Poverty in Scotland 2014 launch event

    March 13, 2014

    Poverty to be placed at heart of referendum debate

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