Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland



Campaigners call for emergency cash boost to prevent child poverty crisis

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

Charities call for emergency increase in child benefit

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

‘Immediate and substantial increase’ required to Scottish Welfare Fund

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

New report highlights ‘shame’ of soaring food bank use in Scotland

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

Number of Scots forced to apply for crisis grants continues to rise

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

New report calls for Scottish Welfare Fund safety net to be strengthened

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

Queens Cross launches new £10,000 Community Chest to help fight poverty

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

Lack of affordable housing a key factor in ‘devastating’ rise in child poverty

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

Blog: Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

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

‘Unacceptable’ new fuel poverty figures spark Budget warm homes call

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

Blog: Universal Credit has landed

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

Benefit sanctions blamed for increased use of food banks

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

Scottish Government urged to outline child poverty strategy

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

Lone parents, disabled women and refugees ‘impacted most’ by benefit sanctions

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

UNISON and Child Poverty Action Group call on UK government to make work fair

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