Category Archives: Campaigning

Lone parents and disabled people worst hit by welfare reforms

An evidence review by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) researchers on the impact of welfare reforms since 2010 found that they affected the income, living standards and opportunities of a number of protected groups – with …

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Glasgow Lone Parent Development Project – Evaluation

This evaluation report, funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, aims to capture the impact of the Glasgow Lone Parent Project (Lone Parent Proofing). Set up in 2014 by the Glasgow Poverty Leadership Panel, the short-term project aimed to improve …

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CPAG / OPFS Benefit Cap – Impact in Scotland Report

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) have published a new report today on the the impact of the lower Benefit Cap which was introduced in November 2016 to £20,000 per annum (£13,400 for single people without children). …

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1 in 3 children still growing up in poverty in parts of Scotland

Campaigners call for end to UK government benefit  freeze and highlight vital importance of local child poverty action reports The End Child Poverty coalition (1) has today published a new child poverty map covering Scotland and the rest of the …

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School Clothing Report

Findings from the 2017 School Clothing Grants Survey  “I did without for months in order to afford school uniforms”    Across Scotland, the school clothing grant varies by local authority (from £40 to £110) and in many areas amounts set …

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OPFS Briefing on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act

OPFS warmly welcomes the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act. We are extremely pleased that the Act contains a duty to eradicate child poverty and that there are clear and identifiable targets about when and how this should be achieved. We particularly welcome the fact …

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Scottish Civil Society backs call to end the benefit freeze

Forty-five organisations across Scotland have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to end the freeze on working age and children’s benefits in the November budget. Charities, trades unions and faith groups have joined to highlight the increasingly negative impact …

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OPFS welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving and increasing high quality, flexible early learning and childcare

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP  made the following announcement on childcare funding at the SNP conference in October: “By 2020, we will deliver 30 hours a week for every three and four year old and eligible two year old……And each …

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Scotland’s third sector unites to call for Universal Credit roll out to be halted

Today One Parent Families Scotland has joined forces with twenty four charities and individuals to call for a halt to the accelerated roll out of Universal Credit in October. Together these organisations represent a broad cross section of Scotland’s third sector, …

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School Clothing Grants

A big thank-you to the 343 parents throughout Scotland that completed the School Clothing Grant Campaign survey about school clothing grants, and cost of uniforms. OPFS are running this campaign in partnership with CPAG and Poverty Truth Commission. Key results were; …

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