Call to Action: Prevent Child Poverty Crisis

13th May 2020

Today, Ypeople joined over 100 charities, faith groups, academics, think tanks, poverty campaigners and trade unions, in writing an open letter to the First Minister. The letter calls for a direct financial boost for all families living on low incomes, to support them through the coronavirus crisis.

The letter expresses ‘grave concern’ that families across Scotland are struggling to stay afloat, and that the Scottish Government’s progress on tackling child poverty is being put at huge risk.

The call to action highlights the impact of the coronavirus crisis on low income families, particularly those already at greater risk of poverty, and explains that the families that we, and our co-signatories, work with are reporting increased financial stress and associated anxiety, loneliness, and more complex mental health problems.

The group urges the First Minster to use “every tool at your government’s disposal to deliver an emergency package of financial support to all low income families”, and that a payment equivalent to at least £10 per week per child is needed to avoid a child poverty crisis.

Ypeople CEO, Janet Haugh, said:

“At Ypeople we understand that the biggest driver of homelessness is poverty, and child poverty is a feature in the lives of so many of the people and families we serve, whether that be through our work to end homelessness, or the mentoring and counselling services we provide for looked after young people.

The current situation is making life even harder for low income families, and without further support for those who are at most risk, we fear the long term impact may be devastating.


“As part of this group we have suggested a range of ideas that would provide a lifeline of financial support to families who are already going through tough times. We call on the First Minister and her government to take action, to protect Scotland’s most marginalised families.”

You can read the full letter here – Letter To First Minister 13 May

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