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  • Campaigners call for FM to act on poverty injustice

    Created: 30/08/2023
    News/Events Category: General News
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    More than 150 charities, trade unions, campaign groups, and community organisations have come together to sign a letter calling on First Minister, Humza Yousaf, to put tackling poverty at the heart of his next Programme for Government. The letter was drafted by Poverty Alliance - Scotland's anti-poverty network. 

    The Programme for Government is expected to be published shortly after the Scottish Parliament returns from its summer recess. It will set out proposed Bills and government priorities for the year ahead. 

    The organisations involved in signing the letter are calling for it to include:

    • A boost to people's incomes through a Minimum Income Guarantee;
    • An expansion of funded childcare;
    • An increase in the Scottish Child Payment; 
    • A review of the adequacy of support provided to disabled people; 
    • A pause in pursuing people who can't pay unaffordable debts to councils and other public sector bodies;
    • Action to fund new social homes for rent; 
    • More action to prevent homelessness;
    • Support for warm homes. 

    Other measures being called for are expanding concessionary bus travel to under 25s, people in receipt of low-income and disability benefits, unpaid carers, and asylum seekers. 

    The campaigners would also like to see a boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund, support for community food initiatives, and a strengthening of support for Scotland's voluntary and community groups who are often at the frontline of action to tackle poverty. 

    Click here for the full story and comment from charity leaders.


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