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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Do you like our new website?

7 June 2012

We welcome your feedback on our new website - please take our short user survey.

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CPAG Christmas cards on sale now

5 December 2018

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

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Last places for training in 2018

27 November 2018

Universal credit - full service:

As UC roll out nears completion across Scotland, our UC full service training courses continue to fill up quickly. A few places remain for the last date of 2018 on 11th Dec in Glasgow so hurry if you wish to book.

Overpayments of benefits and tax credits:

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Increasing family incomes vital to relieving holiday stress, say anti-poverty campaigners


Urgent action on family incomes is needed to address food insecurity and wider pressures on families over the school holidays, say anti-poverty campaigners.

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Impact of the lower benefit cap: CPAG submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee

November 2018

The Work and Pensions Select Committee re-opened its inquiry into the lower benefit cap this year. CPAG submitted evidence on the impacts of the lower cap, drawing on analysis of government statistics and cases from our Early Warning System. Following this written submission we were invited to give oral evidence to the committee to highlight our serious concerns about this policy and the hardship it is causing families.

UN Rapporteur’s report a ‘wake-up call’ on UK poverty

When the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, completed his 10 day visit to the UK on 16 November, he found that the poverty he had observed was unjust and, in his opinion, contrary to British values. Britain’s high child poverty rate, in the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018 was, he said: “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one”.

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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