Press Releases

  • “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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  • SNITCHING IS NOT THE ANSWER! Coalition calls for a stop to culture of blaming the unemployed

    February 9, 2010

    SCOTTISH secretary Jim Murphy’s plan to reward people who ‘snitch’ on supposed benefits cheats has been slammed by a coalition of anti-poverty groups.

    The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) – which counts Citizens Advice Scotland, Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group and the Poverty Alliance as members – has hit out at the idea, which was put to Labour’s manifesto co-ordinator Ed Miliband by the Scottish secretary.

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  • Church, unions and campaigners united in “deep concern” over school lunches

    January 6, 2010

    The EIS, Church of Scotland, Unison and Oxfam have added their voices to growing concern over the future of universal free school lunches for Primary 1 to 3 pupils.

    Along with Save the Children, the Scottish Women's Convention, One Parent Families Scotland, Poverty Alliance and the Child Poverty Action Group they have written to Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell and COSLA President Pat Watters expressing “deep concern” over proposals to scale back the agreed roll out of free school lunches to all P1 to P3 pupils.

    In the letter the organisations say that:

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  • Campaigners "dismayed" at backtracking on free school meals roll out

    December 11, 2009

    Speaking on behalf of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign, John Dickie, the head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland reacted with dismay to reports that Ministers are prepared to "scale back" the roll out of free school meals to all pupils in P1 to P3.

    Commenting on the reports Mr Dickie said;

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  • “Bolder redistribution needed to help poorest families” says CPAG in Scotland in response to PBR

    December 9, 2009

    Commenting on today’s Pre-Budget Report the Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

    "We are pleased the Chancellor is introducing tax measures guided by fairness as a part of fiscal responsibility but much bolder redistribution is needed through the tax system. It is right to ask those with the broadest shoulders to bear most of the burden but the poorest families must get more support."

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  • Campaigners welcome school meals boost as pupils return to school across Scotland

    August 17, 2009

    Campaigners are welcoming a significant free school meals extension as children return to school across Scotland this week. For the first time children in families receiving maximum working tax credit will be entitled to a healthy free school meal, a move anti poverty groups say will ease the pressure on hard pressed families and boost children’s health and learning.

    The free school meals extension comes as new research shows many families are struggling to buy all that their children need to go back to school, leading to debt, children missing out, and fear of stigma.

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