The consultation on the Scottish Government’s proposals for a Child Poverty Bill includes: Enshrining in legislation our ambition to eradicate child poverty Reinstating statutory income-based targets to reduce the number of children living in poverty Placing a duty on Scottish Ministers to …
There are many aspects of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which give us very grave cause for concern. The Bill will weaken the Child Poverty Act, introduce greater conditionality and sanctions and make severe cuts to a range of social security and tax credit entitlements. This briefing concentrates on a number of key clauses (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15).
We recently carried out a survey of single parents in Glasgow asking about their policy priorities.Three key areas are: childcare; welfare reform and employment.
We have submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee on the Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland, indicating that we want to see newly devolved social security powers for Scotland reflect SCoWR principles.
Having consulted single parents about their key concerns and the kind of changes that could make a difference to their families, we propose five cross-cutting themes and ten policy priorities to help tackle child poverty.
We have submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee inquiry on women and welfare reform, highlighting that the fear and threat of sanctions is sometimes forcing mothers into making decisions they would not choose, as parents, to make in the best interests of their children.
Our submission to the Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into Benefit Sanctions focuses on conditionality and the revised benefits sanction regime, which is having a huge impact on single parents and their children.