Politics aside, the facts are stark. All of these parties committed Holyrood to targets on child poverty. This included an interim target, now only three years away, of a reduction to 18 percent. But statistics now show that poverty was increasing, even before the pandemic, to roughly one in four.
People using food banks are experiencing extreme poverty, with just £248 on average per month to spend, after housing costs. The Trussell Trust have released their ‘State of Hunger 2021’ report, showing they distributed 2.5 million food parcels in the last year.
Government Should Work to End the Need for Food Banks
During the pandemic, the pendulum swung back to One Nation largesse. The rhetoric changed too. We have Conservatives who heart the NHS. Compassionate Conservatives. Conservatives who believe in the Nation.
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Around one million Scots were in poverty before the covid-19 crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new Poverty in Scotland 2020 report finds. That breaks down as 230,000 children, 640,000 working age adults, and 150,000 pensioners. These numbers have been rising over the past five years, especially child poverty, which is up to 24 per cent, almost one […]