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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7 June 2012

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Kids can't wait for the income supplement, civil society tells First Minister

24 June 2019

More than 70 leaders and organisations from across Scottish society have joined together to call on the First Minister to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty.[1]


Poverty campaigners, faith leaders, academics, children’s charities, trade unions, women’s groups and industry bodies have today written a joint letter to the First Minister pushing for the government to commit to bringing forward the supplement because “kids can’t wait”.


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CPAG seeks welfare rights workers

18 June 2019

We're looking for two welfare rights workers to work with us on our Early Warning System and Safe Place to Be projects. Find out more and apply.

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Tackling child poverty in London primary schools

Poverty 163 (Summer 2019)

The impact of poverty on children’s education is well documented and many schools are now developing initiatives to support children and families who are living on a low income. Here, Sophie Howes describes CPAG’s new project, which explores the role schools can play in alleviating child poverty.

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What does Brexit mean for social policy in the UK?

Poverty 163 (Summer 2019)

The expected date for Britain to leave the European Union, March 29 2019, has come and gone, but the nature of the UK’s future relationship with the European Union remains uncertain. One thing is clear, however. The eventual outcome of the current deadlock will shape policy options and lived experience in the UK for many years to come. Kitty Stewart, Kerris Cooper and Isabel Shutes present the findings of a recent project mapping out some potential consequences.

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Poverty 163 (Summer 2019)

Spring saw the release of new poverty figures for the UK. This year they did not show a rise on the main headline measure we use (relative child poverty after housing costs), but did show alarming jumps in so-called ‘absolute’ child poverty (which compares incomes with where families were in 2010/11), in poverty among children with two or more siblings, and in the number of children in severe poverty.

Sustainable Development Goals and poverty in the UK

Poverty 163 (Summer 2019)

The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 was agreed at a global level in 2015. It set out 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ on a range of social and environmental issues, to be achieved by all countries. Fran Bennett examines progress in the UK – in particular, in relation to the ambitious aims to reduce poverty in all signatory countries, not just the global south.

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Restrictions to benefit: ‘pre-settled status’

Issue 270 (June 2019)

CPAG is looking to challenge the amended right to reside tests for benefit and child tax credit claimants with ‘pre-settled status’. Martin Williams explains.