Campaign to increase child benefit

We are nearly 70 organisations and individuals calling for more support for families. Though we welcome steps taken so far to protect incomes during the coronavirus crisis, we're convinced more is needed to meet children's needs, and ease financial pressures families are facing.

We're calling for an increase in child benefit of £10 a child per week - emergency support to ensure all parents can cover basic costs of raising their kids in the face of reduced income. An effective, fast way to get money to most families.

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The following organisations and individuals support this call:

4in10 London's Child Poverty Network
SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour
Action for Children
Linda Tuthill, CEO, The Action Group
Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo's
Frank Mosson, Bureau Manager, Bridgeton Citizens Advice
Joseph Howes, Chief Executive Officer, Buttle UK
Dr Neil Henery, Director, Camphill Scotland
Rami Okasha, Chief Executive, Chas
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Laurence Guinness, Chief Executive, The Childhood Trust
Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive, Children 1st
Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England
Jackie Brock, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland
The Children’s Society

Very Rev Dr Susan M Brown, Convener, Faith Impact Forum, The Church of Scotland
Derek Mitchell, CEO, Citizens Advice Scotland
City Bridge Trust
Connect Community Trust

Louise King, Director, CRAE
Jane Brumpton​, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
Maureen Morris, Secretary, EHRA
Emma Ritch, Executive Director, Engender
Cheryl Ward, CEO, Family Fund
Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group
Jimmy Wilson, CEO, FARE Scotland
Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement & Inequality, Glasgow City CHP and Chair, Glasgow City Challenge Child Poverty Group
Neil MacDonald, VAW services, Glasgow City Council
Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
Douglas Guest, Acting Director for Scotland, Home-Start UK Scotland
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive, Includem
Gavin Spence, Manager, James McLean Project
Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Director, Jubilee Debt Campaign
Enver Solomon, CEO, Just for Kids Law
Bishop Nolan, President, Justice and Peace Scotland
Virginia Radcliffe, Artistic Director & CEO, Licketyspit
Dr. Nick Owen FRSA MBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Mighty Creatives
Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive, National Children's Bureau and Chair, End Child Poverty
Dr. Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries, the National Education Union
Craig Samuel, NAWRA representative Scotland
New Gorbals Housing Association
Jane Streather, Chair, North East Child Poverty Commission
Satwat Rehman, CEO, One Parent Families Scotland
Clare Simpson, Manager, Parenting across Scotland
Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland
Peter Kelly, Director, The Poverty Alliance
Colin Flinn, Chief Executive, Royal Caledonian Education Trust
Shruti Jain, Chair, Saheliya
Shaben Begum, Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Irene Audain MBE Chief Executive, Scottish Out of School Care Network
Scottish Refugee Council
Kirsty McNab, CEO, Scottish Sports Futures
Rozanne Foyer, General Secretary Designate, Scottish Trades Union Congress
Grahame Smith, General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
Scottish Women's Convention
Jack Dudgeon MSYP, Chair, Scottish Youth Parliament
Ben Farrugia, Director, Social Work Scotland
Jo Derrick, CEO, Staf
STAR Project

Phil Andrew, Chief Executive, StepChange Debt Charity
Juliet Harris, Director, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
Emma Revie, Chief Executive, the Trussell Trust
Thomas Lawson, CEO, Turn2us
Adrian Sinfield, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Jonathan Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor, University of York
The Wise Group
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Women’s Aid Federation of England
Shona Blakeley, Executive Director, Women's Fund for Scotland
Hugh Foy, Programme Director, Xaverians UK Province
Tim Frew, Chief Executive, YouthLink Scotland
Rachel Adamson, Co-Director, Zero Tolerance


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