Child poverty campaigners welcome MSP’s recommendations on Scottish Child Poverty Bill targets

May 22, 2017
Stronger local duties and concrete actions to boost family incomes still needed

Campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee's Stage One report on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. As introduced the Bill sets out four-income based targets for the eradication of child poverty in Scotland by 2030. It also requires the Scottish Government to publish delivery plans setting out how the targets will be achieved.

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Annual Conference - Welfare Rights 2017

16 May 2017

Online bookings for our conference will close at 4pm on Wednesday 17 May. After then, to enquire about availability please phone 0141 552 3303 or email

You can view all our speakers and workshops here - and our exhibitors here.

You can follow the conference on the day onTwitter using the hashtag #welfarerights17

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Personal independence payment: ‘as you were’

Issue 257 (April 2017)

Ros White considers the provisions of recent regulations which reverse the effect of two Upper Tribunal decisions on the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment criteria.

Bereavement support payment

Issue 257 (April 2017)

Gwyneth King describes a new benefit for bereavement.

ESA and UC: components axed

Issue 257 (April 2017)

The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

The two-child limit

Issue 257 (April 2017)

From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

Old-fashioned kinds of poverty affecting child health


It’s nearly a year since the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health first joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group to explore the links between poverty and children’s health. We know that four million children in the UK live in poverty, and we know that there is a demonstrable link between social disadvantage and poor health outcomes, but we wanted to look beyond the data and discover what our members – paediatricians – were seeing on the frontline.  

One year in: Mayor of London’s record so far


In his Manifesto, Sadiq Khan boldly declared that ‘in a city as prosperous as London, there is no excuse for child poverty’. He repeated this statement almost word-for-word in A City for All Londoners, his new vision for London, published in October last year. Obviously we agree, but what action has he taken since to tackle the drivers of child poverty? And by this we mean the high housing costs, lack of affordable childcare, underemployment and low pay in the capital.

Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors

11 May 2017

Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children paediatricians are warning. Our survey with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found almost half of paediatricians who reponded say the problem is getting worse. 

Any new Government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations, our report says.

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