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Changing the Wallpaper: six activists and researchers on how to challenge poverty

20 October 2021
As part of Challenge Poverty Week in England and Wales, we held an online conference titled ‘Changing the Wallpaper.’ We aimed to change some of the conversations around poverty, and to get attendees to start noticing the wallpaper again in order to bring about change.

Involving Children and Families: Pathways to Participation in Child Poverty Planning in Glasgow

13 October 2021
There is a recognised need for children, young people and families with experience of poverty to be active participants in planning to tackle the drivers of child poverty. Glasgow has a long history of involving children and families in planning, but meaningful participation requires thoughtful planning and adequate resource as well as a clear understanding of what helps families get involved and what might stand in their way.

Poverty and mental health: causes and effects 

10 October 2021
Universal credit has been high in the headlines this week as the government cut it by £20 a week. We joined many others in strongly condemning this cut, knowing just how much pressure it will place on already-struggling families. Some have argued that the cut might harm the mental health of those affected, and parents have expressed this fear to us. The social security system should be a source of support for those experiencing mental health problems, rather than a cause of those problems. This World Mental Health Day, we are reflecting on how well the system provides that support.

Challenge Poverty Week guest blog: Reducing the Cost of the School Day with #YSAttain

06 October 2021
At the Cost of the School Day project we know that costs throughout the school day can pile pressure on families and affect young people’s participation, learning and wellbeing. This Challenge Poverty Week, we hear from our partners at Young Scot about how their #YSAttain project is helping young people take part and saving their families money.

“Nothing in the pot” – the impact of the universal credit cut

06 October 2021
Recently I was asked: “How do I feel about the decision to cut universal credit? And what are you expecting to cut back on?” Here is my honest answer.

The £20 cut - what now for families?

06 October 2021
The £20 cut to universal credit represents the biggest single cut to social security since World War II and is happening at the same time as food and heating costs are rising. This blog provides practical tips on how to support families struggling to stretch their shrinking budgets. You do not have to be a benefits expert to do this.

Challenging poverty in kinship care

01 October 2021
In Challenge Poverty Week 2021, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland’s key message for kinship carers and those who support them is just how important good advice can be

The problem with the ‘grace period’

21 September 2021
The number of families affected by the government’s benefit cap stood at 187,000 in May 2021. These families are living on less than what they need because they are not in work or not considered to be working enough. On average, they are losing out on £238 per month.

Time for Lunch: why children in poverty are currently denied free school meals

03 September 2021
For children living in poverty, school should be a place where they can access learning and essential opportunities in the same way as their peers. Free school meals should be available so children can eat during their school day without any worry and parents have one less thing to think about. That way, children can focus on learning, playing and fully participating in their education. Unfortunately, for more than a third of children in poverty in the UK, access to a free daily meal at school is denied.

Back to school – supporting pupils from low-income families in England

01 September 2021
For many pupils, families and school staff, excitement has been building for the start of the new school year. However, for some families experiencing poverty, this can be a time of anxiety. A time of increased costs as uniforms, PE kits, travel cards and stationery are needed. But there are some straightforward steps that schools can take to ensure that all families and children get off to a great start.