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The Financial Inclusion (FI) team in the Glasgow office receive funding from Glasgow City Council (GCC) and they are looking for feedback from residents on all services in GCC relating to financial inclusion and advice. (more…)
The system for ensuring non-resident parents pay child maintenance has amassed nearly £1billion pounds in arrears, new government figures show.
Following on from calls from OPFS and Scottish Society to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty the Scottish Government has today announced a new ‘Scottish Child Payment’. This will see eligible families receive an extra £10 per week from 2020/21.
Marion Davis, Head of Policy and Strategy at OPFS said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Scottish Government has listened to parents about the pressures they are under and is bringing forward a new Scottish Child Payment for families on a low income.
We are particularly pleased that there will be no cap on the number of children entitled to support through the new Scottish Child Payment. We have worked closely with Social Security Scotland to involve parents in removing barriers to claiming the new Best Start Grant. We look forward to enabling parents help influence the application process to ensure maximum take-up of this vital new benefit. We call on the Westminster Government to add to this positive policy by removing the 2 child limit on social security for families and to end the benefit cap which traps so many children in poverty.”
Here in the UK, we believe that every child should have the best start in life. This means access to free health care, a good education, and a childhood free from poverty. We wouldn’t turn away a sick child from our hospitals or stop them going to school. (more…)
OPFS and more than 70 leaders and organisations from across Scottish society have joined together to call on the First Minister to speed up the introduction of a new income supplement to tackle child poverty.
Poverty campaigners, faith leaders, academics, children’s charities, trade unions, women’s groups and industry bodies have today written a joint letter to the First Minister pushing for the government to commit to bringing forward the supplement because “kids can’t wait”. (more…)
Dear First Minister,
Ahead of the Scottish Government’s statement on Wednesday on the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, we have come together to urge you to bring forward the introduction of the income supplement for low income families from the current delivery date of 2022.
All of our organisations strongly welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to the income supplement, and we share your belief in the need to use Scotland’s social security powers to loosen the grip of poverty on people’s lives. (more…)
When young people are unable to participate in the same activities as their friends this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
OPFS has highlighted concern among parents about the growing ‘prom culture’ in schools that might exclude young people from low-income families who cannot afford to take part.
Our head of Policy Marion Davis talks to the Herald Scotland about it’s impact.
‘Disability Assistance’ benefits are the next big step in creating a social security system in Scotland. The new benefits will be equivalent to those presently delivered by the DWP. This includes: Disability Living Allowance; Child Disability Living Allowance (Child DLA); Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance.
OPFS has submitted a response to the Scottish Government proposals for the new benefits. We recognise the important role disabled parents, parents with disabled children and those affected by ill-health play in identifying solutions to the challenges they face and that these solutions can be of benefit to others. We used an on-line survey and workshops to ask single parents about their views on the consultation and to share some of their knowledge and experience to inform our response to the Scottish Government.