Wed 04 May 2014
Red warning issued Poverty across scotland
Today’s outlook: Bleak
With a sixth of people living in Scotland unable to afford to heat their homes this winter and a fifth of children in Scotland officially living below the breadline, poverty in Scotland is a much more widespread problem than you might have realised. Here you can see how things are looking across Scotland this week and into the future.
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- More than 850,000
Long term outlook
Welfare reforms impacts Scots families in poverty
Families in Scotland are being affected by Westminster’s changes to the benefit system, according to ministers.
The changes are expected to reduce welfare expenditure in Scotland by around £6 billion over the six years to 2015-16, it is claimed.
Severe conditions on all routes out of poverty due to drastic benefit cuts.
|Tax Credits down £300m a year||Overcast|
|Incapacity Benefits down £500m a year||Downpour|
|Working-Age Benefits increasing well below the rate of inflation||Freezing|
- Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland works for a better life for low income families through campaigning, lobbying, welfare support, publications and training.
- Gal Gael, partner of Oxfam Scotland, is helping Glasgow locals battered by difficult times to re-kindle skills, community and a sense of purpose.
- The Poverty Alliance is campaigning across Scotland for employers never to pay workers less than the Scottish living wage.
- Shelter Scotland is supporting and campaigning for thousands of families facing homelessness and bad housing situations
Warn others about the bleak outlook before it’s too late…
Lots of charities are doing great work.
Help improve the outlook for people living in poverty…
- Alzheimer Scotland provides services, information and advice to support people with dementia, many of whom are adversely affected by care and health costs associated with the illness.
- Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland wants a society where all Scotland’s children can enjoy their childhoods and have fair chances in life to reach their full potential.
- Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children with life-shortening conditions, including those whose families are financially affected through caring for their children.
- Macmillan Many people affected by cancer are pushed into poverty due to loss of income and increased travel and heating costs. Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland ensures no one has to face this alone.
- Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering.
- Poverty Alliance is a membership organisation with a range of varied experience in addressing issues related to poverty and social exclusion.
- Shelter Scotland works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing through providing advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.
- The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.