John Dickie | CPAG
Director of CPAG in Scotland

 

John Dickie is director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland. He is responsible for promoting and influencing policies that will contribute to eradicating child poverty in Scotland and across the UK as well as overseeing the strategic development of second tier welfare rights support services that ensure frontline workers are able to support families to receive the tax credits and benefits that they are entitled to.

He was previously head of the youth unit at Scottish Council for Single Homeless. Before that he worked directly with young people experiencing homelessness, both as a volunteer and professional. He is a graduate from Aberdeen University in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and holds a postgraduate diploma in housing studies from Stirling University. He lives in Edinburgh and enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and walking among other things.

By John Dickie

CPAG response to Tackling Child Poverty Progress Report

23 June 2021
Child poverty progress report “stark and urgent reminder that far, far more action and investment is needed to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets” say campaigners

CPAG response to Scottish Affairs Committee's welfare report

23 June 2021
​​​​​​​Child poverty campaigners welcome Westminster welfare report. Action to maintain universal credit uplift and ensure roll out of new Scottish child payment critical to progress on child poverty, say Child Poverty Action Group

Tackling Poverty - Briefing for MSPs

A briefing outlining the current situation in regards to poverty in Scotland, the progress that has been made so far in tackling poverty and the steps that can be taken to meet child poverty targets, including taking action to double the Scottish child payment in the first year of this parliament.

'State of the nation' report to put ending child poverty at the heart of remaining Holyrood campaign

23 April 2021
'State of the nation' report to put ending poverty at the heart of remaining Holyrood campaign Politicians to respond to new 'Poverty in Scotland 2021' report in front of over 300 policy makers, service providers, academics, trade unionists and activists Child poverty targets can be met say experts, but over one million people still in poverty across Scotland

Poverty in Scotland 2021 - towards a 2030 without poverty? A summary briefing

The 'Poverty in Scotland' book is a unique collaboration. It brings together academics, anti-poverty campaigners, public officials, trade unionists and practitioners to provide a state of the nation assessment of the scale, nature and impact of poverty. It assesses the progress that has been made and the policies now needed to ensure Scotland’s ambitions toward ending poverty are realised.

Campaigners welcome growing support for doubling of Scottish child payment

29 March 2021
Child poverty campaigners today welcomed growing support across the political spectrum for the next Parliament to at least double the value of the Scottish child payment. The policy call has been at the centre of campaigns by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and a broad coalition of children’s charities and anti-poverty campaigners

New IPPR Scotland report reinforces case for doubling value of the Scottish Child Payment at start of next Parliament

26 March 2021
New IPPR Scotland report reinforces case for doubling value of the Scottish Child Payment at start of next Parliament. Families are falling way below the income that the public believe is socially acceptable. Campaigners welcome think tank’s recommendation to  “Double the value of the Scottish Child Payment at the start of the next Parliament, and again to £40 p/w by the end of the term”

New official poverty statistics reveal ‘utterly dismaying’ rise in child poverty in Scotland and across UK – even before pandemic hit

25 March 2021
New official poverty statistics reveal ‘utterly dismaying’ rise in child poverty in Scotland and across UK – even before pandemic hit. But Scottish child poverty targets can be met if Scottish child payment is increased, and ‘at the very least doubled as vital next step,’ say campaigners

Twenty years of CPAG in Scotland

09 October 2019
John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, reflects on 20 years of change, challenges and progress.

The independence referendum: what does it mean for child poverty?

15 September 2014
With just a few days to go before the Scottish independence referendum John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, highlights how CPAG has informed the terms of debate and argues that the challenge now for anti-poverty campaigners is to ensure that heightened public engagement and concern with child poverty in campaign debates is harnessed for real change, wherever powers end up lying after September 18th.