Funding boost for Scottish poverty charity

Families are struggling with the introduction of Universal Credit

The Scottish Government is giving an extra £100,000 to campaigners helping kids living in deprivation.

Child Poverty Action Group is getting a funding boost to deal with a rise in requests for help.

The number of struggling Scots is going up, because of the introduction of universal credit.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, said:

"These have faced a rise in demand, particularly in relation to the roll out of Universal Credit and the damaging impact it is having on people across the country.

"This builds on the important work they undertake to provide training and support with complex cases - having supported more than 470 organisations during the last year alone.

"This work is especially important given that just a week ago, the National Audit Office’s ‘Rolling Out Universal Credit’ report provided more damning evidence that Universal Credit is failing, and causing increased debt, rent arrears and anxiety for many people across the UK. 

"Last week I wrote again to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calling for the roll out of UC to be halted until fundamental flaws can be fixed.

"We have now written to the UK Government six times in two years highlighting our grave concerns around Universal Credit – it is high time that they listen to what we are saying."

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