Free school meals and child poverty

There have been new announcements on tackling child poverty over the last few days. What are these policies and are they the best way to get money to children in low income families?

Challenge Poverty Week– What do you need to know about poverty in Scotland?

This week is Challenge Poverty Week in Scotland, an annual programme of events that bring together many people, politicians and organisations to talk about poverty and how to solve it.
So what is poverty, why does it matter, and what are we doing about it? Here are some key poverty facts to give you the lowdown on what you need to know.

Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

Are we making progress on child poverty?

The second progress report on Child Poverty was published last week. What does it tell us about how well the Scottish Government is doing towards meeting it’s ambitious targets on child poverty? Unfortunately it tells us less than we need to know.

Buchanan Street Glasgow looking busy

Poverty in Scotland: A discussion with JRF on progress pre, during and post Covid-19

At the end of the parliamentary year, we would normally have received a progress report form the Scottish Government on their efforts to tackle child poverty and how they are making progress towards the statutory child poverty targets. The report has been postponed indefinitely, but this doesn’t mean that work …

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Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland – a guide to the report released today

The report, co-authored by researchers from the Fraser of Allander Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University and IPPR Scotland, looks at the costs and benefits of implementing a citizen’s basic income (CBI) in Scotland and the channels through which it may impact upon the economy. The modelling we were asked to carry …

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What can the Universal Credit data tell us about local impacts in Scotland?

On Tuesday we saw a glimpse of the impact of the initial shutdown on the labour market and claims to Universal Credit. Because of the nature of the shutdown, it is affecting some sectors more than others and indeed leading to increased demand in some.

However, understanding what is happening across Scotland as soon as possible is important as it may give important insight into where particular support needs are, hence these figures are worthy of analysis even if the data can’t be fully explained. This article looks at the changes in the number of people on in Scottish Local Authorities on Universal Credit between March and April 2020 using data released by the DWP.

Today’s labour market and Universal Credit data give us a glimpse of the initial impact of CoVid-19 on Scotland

This morning the ONS released the latest data from the Labour Force Survey. This is the main source for high quality data about what is happening in the labour market in the UK, and the regions and nations. Today’s data cover the period up to the end of March, and …

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