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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.

Guest blog from Jeane Freeman, Scotland's Social Security Minister on the Best Start Grant

13 April 2018
Almost at the end of the Easter holidays and I know many families are busy with activities and outings.

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.

‘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

Evidence mounts on need for a Holyrood boost to family benefits to meet Scotland's child poverty targets

05 March 2018
MEDIA RELEASE IPPR's call for a "down payment" toward child poverty targets "could not be more timely", say campaigners "Ministers must now choose how, not if, to use top up powers to boost family incomes"

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.

New national Cost of the School Day Parent Council Resource

19 November 2017
Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) and National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS) are delighted to launch a national Cost of the School Day resource for Parent Councils across Scotland.