“We have long called for the Scottish Child Payment to be increased and extended to all children up to 16 and so it’s very encouraging to see the positive impact this is making, reaching more families and getting more cash into the pockets of people who need support the most.” – Polly Jones, Head of Scotland at the Trussell Trust
Consumers Continue to be Hit by High Food Prices
According to the latest UK Government statistics the rate of inflation has gone down – the first such decrease since August of 2022. But as everyone is experiencing, the price of your weekly food shop continues to increase. What is going on ?
Summit Hears from those Directly Affected by Poverty: Scottish Government To Target Financial Support
“To understand what POVERTY really is, you firstly have to think about the causes. People don’t “choose” to live in poverty, it’s not a lifestyle choice, and many find themselves in this situation, or on the verge of it, through absolutely no fault of their own.” Linda Craik, End Poverty Edinburgh
Poor Diet Linked to Cost of Living Crisis is a Health Ticking Time Bomb
“For families on low income, the poorest fifth of the UK population need to spend 47% of their disposable income to consume a healthy diet according to the Eatwell Guide, in contrast to 11% needed by the richest fifth in the UK.” Professor Alex Johnstone
Hoy Cost of Living Funding Boost
Thanks to an award of £23,320 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the Isle of Hoy Development Trust are supporting members of the local community who are experiencing hardship due to the increases in cost of living.
1 in 5 Pets Not Receiving Timely Treatment Due to Cost of Living Crisis
“We urge all pet owners to talk to their vet for advice on simple and affordable steps they can take to keep their animals healthy.” Malcolm Morley, British Veterinary Association President
Crisis in Pet Care As Cost of Living Bites
Cat owners are cutting back on pet essentials such as vet care, vaccinations, and insurance as a result of the cost of living crisis, according to new research from Cats Protection.
Increasing Numbers Claiming Scottish Child Payment, Check if you are Eligible
“We want to make sure that everyone gets the help available to them. Parents or carers who are on universal credit, tax credits or other benefits and who have children under 16 should check through Social Security Scotland if they are eligible.” Shona Robison
10% Increase for Council Tax in Orkney
“We know some people might find the 10% hard when other costs are increasing too, but be assured we’re doing it to help to protect those important Council services that you, your family, your friends and your neighbours, need and rely on”
Scotland’s Baby Box Marks Up 250,000 Deliveries
The Baby Box – an idea taken from a successful scheme in Finland – has £400 worth of items in it. It is available free to every expectant mum who wishes one for each baby she has.