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Jump in ‘Covid job casualties’ hit by benefit cap – families lose £62 per week

22 June 2021
DWP figures out today show the number of households subject to the benefit cap has jumped by 13% since November to reach 200,000 at February 2021. The newly capped households are likely capped because they have lost jobs or working hours to Covid-19 and their wages have dropped below the earnings exemption threshold. But with the impact of the pandemic still being felt, few will be able to find replacement earnings to become ‘uncapped’. Average losses are £62 per week for capped families.

The Cost of a Child in London: help with childcare fees ‘woefully inadequate’

10 June 2021
High childcare costs and failure to uprate support are putting full-time jobs beyond the reach of low-earning London parents who don’t have anyone to provide free childcare, a new report warns.  And a growing number of even part-time jobs won’t make work pay for hard-up Londoners with young children if caps on childcare support in Universal Credit remain frozen while childcare costs continue to rise. 

One in four North East pupils living in poverty miss out on Free School Meals

12 May 2021
More than 35,000 pupils in the North East of England who live below the poverty line do not qualify for free school meals under current legislation. A new report, The Cost of Missing Lunchtime, by Children North East, Child Poverty Action Group and the North East Child Poverty Commission reveals one in four children from poorer families in the region are not entitled to a free, nutritious daily meal at school.

'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.