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'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

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

200,000 more children pushed into poverty the year before the pandemic - ‘dismal data’ warning

25 March 2021
The publication of today’s annual poverty statistics for the year leading up to the pandemic (Households Below Average Income 2019- 2020) shows: 200,000 more children fell into relative poverty (after housing costs) in 2019-2020 – twice the increase in the previous year. That means 4.3 million children (31% of all UK children) are in poverty - up from 3.6 million in 2010-11.

New survey: families lack digital tools for home learning and worry more about costs

17 March 2021
More than a third of low-income families are missing essential digital resources for future home learning; parents had to make ‘impossible choices’ to decide who got access to digital devices and bandwidth while schools were closed; concern about money is higher than last year among poorer families; 90% of low-income families spent more on bills with children at home in lockdown.

Campaigners welcome budget boost for struggling families

09 March 2021
Campaigners today welcomed further budget commitments agreed between the Scottish government and Scottish Greens. The deal, announced today Monday 8th March, includes two further £100 payments for children in receipt of free school meals, following on from winter and spring payments this year, as well as a new Pandemic Support Payment of £130 to households receiving Council Tax Reduction. Resources are also committed to rolling out free school meals to all primary school pupils.

CPAG response to Budget 2021

03 March 2021
Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “Child poverty levels were already too high pre-pandemic yet children and parents were noticeable by their absence from this budget. Extending the £20 uplift is vital because struggling families cannot keep afloat without it, but that will be as true in six months as it is now. This decision only postpones the pain. The chancellor promised certainty to business – children and their families deserve no less.”

Child poverty charities team up with NEU on new resource to help schools fight poverty

26 February 2021
Child Poverty Action Group and Children North East have partnered with the National Education Union (NEU) to publish a new toolkit to help teachers and school staff tackle poverty.

Charities call on Government to make good on their promise to extend support to grieving parents whose cohabiting partner has died

08 February 2021
One year on from landmark High Court ruling, Government still has not acted. Parents who lived with, but were not married to, their partner are still ineligible for bereavement benefits to help adapt to life with just one parent. This injustice has remained in place throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.