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CPAG response to Scottish Affairs Committee's welfare report

Published on: 
23 June 2021
Written by: 

John Dickie

Director of CPAG in Scotland

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

 

Responding to today’s publication of the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee report on ‘Welfare policy in Scotland’ John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

 

“Social security plays a vital role in preventing child poverty and MPs are absolutely right to highlight how critical to hard up families it is that the UK government maintains the £20 uplift to universal credit. Cutting that support would push an estimated 22 000 children into poverty in Scotland alone.

 

Mr Dickie continued;

 

“They are also absolutely right to highlight that between the Scottish and UK government’s data must be shared and mechanisms identified so that the new Scottish child payment is rolled out to all eligible under 16s by the end of 2022 as promised. The payment is already proving a hugely welcome source of support to families with children under 6. With a quarter of Scotland children still living in poverty rolling out the new payment is crucial to progress against our legally binding child poverty targets.”

 

In evidence to the committee on 21 January 2021 Kirsty McKechnie, Early Warning System manager at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said;

 

“We know that if the £20 a week uplift is removed… a further 22,000 children will be driven into poverty” and that “The fundamental thing…is to retain the £20 uplift. We talk about so many different varieties of poverty: child poverty, food poverty and period poverty. The thing that is absolutely consistent with those is the poverty. And the way to alleviate poverty…..is to put the money into people’s pockets so that it becomes a cash-first response to these issues.”

 

Ends

 

For more information or comment contact John Dickie on 07795 340 618

 

Notes

  1. The Scottish Affairs Committee report Welfare Policy in Scotland is published Wed 23rd June

Key recommendations include

- ‘We recommend that the UK Government closely review the issue of making permanent the £20 uplift in the run up to the expiration of this policy at the end of September 2021. The UK Government should again review whether this uplift should be extended and back dated to legacy benefit recipients.’

- ‘The DWP should prioritise delivering the 6-16-year old data required by the Scottish Government, or work with the Scottish Government to find an alternative type of data, so that the Scottish Government are able to roll out the Scottish Child Payment for this age group’

  1. CPAG’s written evidence to the committee can be found at https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/18413/html/

  2. Kirsty McKechnie, Early Warning System manager at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland’s, oral evidence to the committee can be found at https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/1567/html/