Press Releases

  • Charities, unions and faith groups call for welfare debate based on ‘respect not myths’

    June 13, 2011

    Government Welfare Bill must address inadequate benefit levels, reverse ‘pointless’ and ‘humiliating’ conditions and ensure childcare support allows parents to work

    A coalition of over forty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups, is calling on Scotland’s MPs to ensure the Welfare Bill, to be debated in the Commons today (Monday 13th) addresses inadequate benefit levels, rethinks ‘pointless’ and ‘humiliating’ conditions and provides the childcare support needed to allow parents to work.

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  • Slight fall in Scottish child poverty welcome but urgent action now needed if 2020 targets to be met

    May 12, 2011

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland has welcomed a slight fall in child poverty in Scotland but called for urgent action at Holyrood and Westminster to ensure targets to eradicate child poverty are met.

    John Dickie, head of CPAG in Scotland said;

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  • Parties challenged on welfare reform – it is time for a system which lifts people out of poverty and treats them with dignity

    March 30, 2011

    The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform, a coalition of over 40 key Scottish charities is calling on leaders of all the main political parties to support their Manifesto for Change.

    Meeting this morning (Tuesday) in Edinburgh before an audience of voluntary sector officials, politicians and members of the public, the SCoWR coalition unveiled its election ‘manifesto,’ which outlines 5 key demands. These are:

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  • FM and party leaders to sign anti-stigma commitment as shocking ‘state of the nation’ poverty report launched

    March 17, 2011
    • Minister for Communities to address launch of Poverty in Scotland 2011 report
    • 9.30 - 12noon, Thurs 17th March, Ministerial address 10.30am, Engine Shed, St Leanord’s Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SH
    • First Minister and party leaders to sign "Stick your Labels" statement condemning language stigmatising people in poverty
    • 12.30pm, 17th March, Garden Lobby, Scottish Parliament
    • 19% of Scottish population still living in poverty, including 260 000 children – no real change since 2007
    • “Poverty must be key election issue” say campaigners
    • People with dire
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  • "Millions risk being worse off" say Scottish welfare campaigners as reform bill published

    February 11, 2011

    Leading members of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) today responded

    with concern to the UK Government's welfare reform bill.

    John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, and a leading member of SCoWR said;

    "It is right to want to simplify welfare and help people into work but lack of Treasury funding means this bill risks making millions of households in Scotland and across the UK even worse off as a result of higher benefit withdrawal rates and reduced childcare support.

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  • More needed to deliver on promised action to end child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners

    February 2, 2011

    Responding to evidence presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

    “With UK Government welfare cuts hitting the poorest families hardest it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government does everything in its powers to mitigate the damage to families and ensure that the Scottish Budget and local spending decisions protect our poorest families.

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  • Spending Review “profoundly unfair” on Scotland’s families, say child poverty campaigners

    October 20, 2010

    Commenting on today’s spending review John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said;

    “This is a short-sighted and profoundly unfair spending review that will almost certainly increase, rather than reduce, child poverty. You cant rip £18 billion out of the welfare budget, cutting support to families in and out of work, without hurting our poorest children.

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  • New poverty stats stark reminder of need for action, say child poverty campaigners

    August 19, 2010

    Child poverty campaigners responded today to new Scottish Government statistics highlighting the devastating extent to which poverty impacts on communities in every part of Scotland.

    The head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

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  • ‘Free lunch lottery’ as Scotland’s children go back to school

    August 16, 2010

    Campaigners call for government to deliver on promise of free school lunches

    Pupils starting school this week face a ‘free lunch lottery’, and not the free meals promised by the Scottish Government and local authorities, say school meals campaigners. Council leaders and Ministers had committed to roll out free school lunches to all P1 to P3 pupils from this week, but only one council, West Dunbartonshire, looks set to deliver. Elsewhere a postcode lottery of school lunch entitlement is emerging as councils and Ministers backtrack on the commitment.

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  • Spending choices must be judged for impact on poorest, say campaigners

    July 29, 2010

    Commenting on the publication of the Independent Budget Review report today, John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, who submitted evidence to the Review Panel, said:

    “Every spending choice must be judged for its impact on our worst off children and families. The temptation to reduce spending by cutting jobs and universal benefits needs to be balanced against the need to deliver services that prevent poverty, and don’t just target the consequences of that poverty.

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