Press Releases

  • 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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  • New Scottish child poverty strategy: “Welcome ambitions must lead to increased action”

    March 10, 2014

    Responding to the launch of the new Scottish child poverty strategy by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

    “The focus of the strategy on maximising family resources and improving children’s wellbeing is welcome as is the increased attention paid to tackling the damaging ‘attainment gap’ that means children growing up in poverty too often get less out of our education system than their better off peers.

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  • CPAG in Scotland responds to JRF referendum briefing on child poverty

    February 2, 2014

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today responded to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) referendum paper on child poverty. The JRF paper highlights the significant falls in child poverty since 2001, but says further progress hinges upon tackling poverty among families where no adults are in paid work and that poverty must be central to the independence debate.

    John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, said;

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  • Campaigners welcome First Minister’s universal free school meals announcement

    January 7, 2014

    “Huge boost for children and families” says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

    Child poverty campaigners have today welcomed an announcement by the First Minister that all children in P1 to P3 will receive a free healthy school lunch. Reacting to the announcement John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Appeal to First Minister as free school lunch expectation grows

    December 17, 2013

    Children’s charities, anti-poverty campaigners, the Church of Scotland and unions representing teachers, caterers and working parents have today appealed directly to the First Minister to confirm that all children in primary 1 to 3 will be entitled to a healthy free school lunch from next year.

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  • Scottish Ministers urged to prioritise free school meals as Autumn Statement fails Scotland's children

    December 5, 2013

    Responding to today's (5 December) UK Autumn Statement John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said

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  • Civic Scotland calls for new approach to welfare

    November 14, 2013



    Charities, unions and faith groups launch principles for fundamental rethink of social security

    A coalition of over forty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups says compassion and dignity need to be placed back at the heart of the country’s welfare system.

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