100,000 (10%) of pensioners in Scotland live in Absolute Poverty. 150,000 (15%) live in relative poverty.
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Up to £200,000 is available to partnerships supporting people struggling with the Cost of Living. Organisations including community food initiatives, local authority teams, and money advice services are able to apply for the Scottish Government funding.
“Labour’s position is that we can’t mitigate against poverty because we’re skint. But resource allocation is the ultimate political choice. “
Statistics released in March 2023 show that in 2021/22, there were 2.1 million (18%) pensioners living in poverty across the UK. There is also an additional 1.1 million pensioners who are financially insecure and living just above the poverty line.
“We are also now seeing the impact of the Scottish Child Payment being increased to £25 per week and extended to children and young people up to the age of 16” Emma Roddick MSP
“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
” Scotland is currently home to over 23,000 refugees from Ukraine, including several whom I know have found homes in Orkney.”
“Helping families deal with cost of living pressures is one of our key priorities and providing further funding for affordable and accessible school age childcare will help deliver that.” Humza Yousaf
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