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Poverty and Inequality Commission advice on poverty in school holidays

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice today for the Scottish Government on addressing poverty during school holidays.

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How OPFS support families during school holidays

OPFS provides opportunities to families to take part in trips and activities where costs for food and participation would otherwise be a barrier. As costs are covered this allows the children and families to take part without fear of stigma …

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Elaine C Smith Backs OPFS Christmas Appeal

Appeal launched to ensure every child in a single parent family in Scotland has a happy Christmas. One of Scotland’s favourite comediennes, Elaine C Smith, has again backed the One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) “12 Weans of Christmas” appeal following …

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Fair Start Scotland – a fair start for all?

A response from OPFS on published statistics for the first six months of Fair Start Scotland. Scotland’s new devolved employment service, Fair Start Scotland, has helped almost 5,000 people move towards employment since it began earlier this year. The latest …

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Universal Credit to result in Christmas catastrophe for families

The roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) has been criticised by charities and campaigners over five-week delays for payments. New benefit claimants in Glasgow will need to wait till January for payments. Although advance payments are available these must be paid …

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Free Interpreting Available on OPFS Lone Parent Helpline

Do you know any single parents seeking an interpreter to equally access telephone advice? Many single parents seeking advice would like to use an interpreter because English is not their first language. One Parent Families are pleased to announce that …

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OPFS Becomes an SFHA Supporting Associate

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland, has welcomed OPFS as its newest ‘Supporting Associate’. Our Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) service works with Abertay Housing Association to provide childcare services …

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Best Start Scotland

Best Start Grant first payments due December 2018 The Scottish Government is replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant with the new Best Start Grant. The first payments are due to begin in December 2018. Applications will open on 10th December 2018. This …

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Reducing Impact of School Holidays on Family Poverty and Food Insecurity

In 2018 single parents and family groups in Cranhill Glasgow came together through a participatory budgeting project with the support of Scottish Government Community Choices funding. One Parent Families Scotland and the Cranhill Development Trust used a Participatory Budgeting approach …

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Letter to UN Special Rapporteur Following Scotland Visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, visited Scotland last week to inquire into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK. Poverty is the biggest human rights issue facing children in Scotland. …

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