Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
More than 100 charities, faith groups, academics, think tanks, poverty campaigners and trade unions have today written an open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon which calls for a direct financial boost for all families living on low incomes to support them through the coronavirus crisis.
Published 13 May 2020
More than 40 of Scotland’s leading children's charities, faith groups, trade unions, community groups and anti-poverty organisations have joined civic organisations from across the UK to call on the Chancellor to increase child benefit by £10 a week per child to help families through the COVID-19 crisis.
Published 8 April 2020
A coalition of anti-poverty charities is today calling for a significant boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund to protect people in poverty.
Published 18 March 2020
More than 1,000 emergency food parcels were handed out on average every day in Scotland over an 18 month period, new figures have shown.
Published 9 January 2020
Campaigners are calling for an increase to the Scottish Welfare Fund budget after new statistics released show a rising number of Scots are accessing emergency cash to help pay for food or heating.
Published 30 October 2019
The system for administering emergency payments used by people who have run out of money for food and other essentials could be improved but needs more cash, according to a new report.
Published 20 June 2019
A new £10,000 fund has been set up to help lift young people in north west Glasgow out of poverty.
Published 24 January 2018
Shelter Scotland has called for a “step change” in the provision of affordable homes in Scotland after new figures found that more than a quarter of children were living in relative poverty after housing costs in 2015-2016.
Published 17 March 2017
Kirsty McKechnie from the Child Poverty Action Group highlights worrying examples of how the benefit cap reduction is hitting people in Scotland
Published 24 January 2017
The Scottish Government’s draft budget must show significant investment in energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority to end the scourge of cold, leaky homes, according to a number of organisations.
Published 15 December 2015
In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.
Published 2 October 2015
Gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks, according to a new report.
Published 22 September 2015
Charities have called on the Scottish Government to explain how it will use its pending new powers to improve benefits and cut poverty.
Published 12 June 2015
Calls for new welfare at Holyrood to be used to redress some the “devastating” impacts of benefit sanctions on women will be heard by MSPs today.
Published 2 June 2015
The Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and UNISON have joined together to call on political parties to lay out policies to tackle in-work poverty.
Published 5 May 2015