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"Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs" - The Scotsman, 19 April 2018

19 April 2018
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee's inquiry into poverty and attainment, highlighted Cost of the School Day evidence of the impact of having to pay for curriculum costs in subjects such as home economics, art and design, technical studies, English and drama and music.

April enews bulletin available

19 April 2018
Read April's round-up of our news including the latest child poverty statistics, the first scottish child poverty delivery plan, Social Security (Scotland) Bill update and the education and skills committee on poverty and attainment.

Delivery plan "a very welcome step on the road to a Scotland free of child poverty"

29 March 2018
Child poverty campaigners today (29th March 2018) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's first statutory child poverty delivery plan under the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, and called for swift action to implement the proposed income supplement.

Scotland Welfare Rights Conference 2018

26 March 2018
Booking is now open for our annual welfare rights conference - for advisers, support workers and all those working to maximise family incomes.

CPAG in Scotland Cost of the School Day submission to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into poverty and attainment

22 March 2018
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee is holding an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement. In our response to the Committee’s call for written evidence on poverty and attainment we highlighted the importance of tackling the key drivers of poverty, as well as setting out the impact that action to reduce or remove cost barriers across the school day can make to children and their families.

CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

22 March 2018
Read our statement on the publication of the government's annual poverty statistics.

‘Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

22 March 2018
Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

LCC students create animations showing experience of poverty

19 March 2018
LCC students create animations showing experience of poverty

Free school meals and universal credit

05 February 2018
CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals.

Can we put the 'poverty of aspiration' myth to bed now? New research briefing from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

18 December 2017
This briefing paper by Morag Treanor of CRFR uses responses from parents and children in the birth cohort study Growing Up in Scotland to dispel the myth of the ‘poverty of aspiration’ widely used in education and policy circles in Scotland and beyond.