Act now on Holyrood education and poverty report, campaigners urge

July 12, 2018

Responding today (12/7/18) to the publication of a hard hitting report from MSPs on reducing the attainment gap, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

 
“This report makes quite clear that children growing up in families struggling on low incomes face real cost barriers that too often prevent them from getting the most out of what Scotland’s schools have to offer. The cost of school trips, classroom materials, school clothing and school meals all put pressure on hard pressed families and exclude children from learning opportunities.
 
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Job Opportunity - Project Officer: Cost of the School Day (Dundee)

24 May 2018

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience of working with young people to support schools, early years centres and other relevant agencies to take action to remove cost barriers to full participation at school.

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Child poverty campaigners say UN investigators findings “a wake-up call” for government at every level

Responding to the UN Special Rapporteur's report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, John Dickie, the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: 

“The  Rapporteur’s findings should be a wake-up call for government at every level.  As the UN investigator found out when he spoke to children in Glasgow child poverty isn’t only happening overseas, it is undermining children’s lives here in Scotland and across the UK.

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UN POVERTY RAPPORTEUR’S FINDINGS ARE A WAKE UP CALL

November 16, 2018

Responding to the UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty’s findings, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

 “The Rapporteur’s findings should be a wake-up call for government. Child poverty isn’t only happening elsewhere, it’s here in the UK and it’s rising. It’s in families where parents can’t work because of illness or disability but mostly it’s in families who work for low wages while costs are rising.

"Wherever you are in the UK, you are never far from seeing the impact of poverty and austerity policies on the most vulnerable.

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UN special rapporteur's Scotland visit highlights extreme hardship facing families, say child poverty campaigner

8 November 2018

 

Speaking ahead of a roundtable meeting with Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, in Glasgow tomorrow (Friday 9th November) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said; 

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NEW UNIVERSAL CREDIT REGULATONS – MISSED OPPORTUNTY FOR REDUCING RISK TO CLAIMANTS

November 5, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes  some of the changes to draft regulations governing the  migration of people on existing benefits to universal credit  but warns that the DWP has passed up an opportunity to reduce the risk that claimants will be left with no money if their existing benefits are stopped before their universal credit claim is up and running.    The Social Security Advisory Committee, CPAG and other organisations recommended that existing benefit claimants should be moved to universal credit automatically so that the responsibility for ensuring people don’t have income gaps lies firmly with the DWP. 

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CPAG Christmas cards now available

5 November 2018

Let the Christmas countdown begin! By purchasing our Christmas cards, you will be supporting our campaign to end child poverty in the UK. 

To order your cards visit our online shop.

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UN Special Rapporteur arrives to assess extreme poverty in UK

5 November 2018

Today the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty arrives in the UK for a twelve-day visit. Read more.

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UN Special Rapporteur arrives to assess extreme poverty in UK

Today the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty arrives in the UK for a twelve-day visit. This is an interesting time to arrive in the UK to investigate human rights for those living in extreme poverty.