Press Releases

  • 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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  • “Time to deliver”: child poverty campaigners respond to Scottish Government school meals statistics

    July 29, 2010

    Commenting on the publication of Scottish Government school meals statistics today, John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said:

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  • Budget fails Scotland’s families, say child poverty campaigners

    July 22, 2010

    Commenting on the Chancellor’s Emergency Budget Statement, John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said:

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  • Campaigners respond with concern to latest welfare proposals

    May 27, 2010

    Leading members of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) today responded with concern to Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform proposals.

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

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  • Cost key factor, say school meals campaigners as “draconian” regulations blamed for drop in take up

    May 17, 2010

    Responding to concerns that pupils are rejecting healthier school meals due to “draconian” regulations, campaigners today pointed to cost, and the current means testing of free school meals, as a key barrier to take up of healthy school meals. They point to official research showing price is a key factor in choosing not to eat a school lunch for up to a third of pupils.

    John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and a leading member of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign, said;

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  • Budget fails Scotland’s poorest children

    March 24, 2010

    Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget Statement, John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said:

    “Today’s Budget fails Scotland’s poorest children, as it does children across the UK. The extra investment in Child Tax Credit for infants from 2012 is welcome but is a tip toe rather than the stride needed to end child poverty by 2020.

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