Scottish Living Wage Campaign welcomes Labour Leaders Commitment to Living Wage
On 27 September, the Scottish Living Wage Campaign welcomed the news that Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has committed the party to a Scottish Living Wage of over seven pounds an hour should they be in Government following the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. Particularly welcome is the intention to establish a Scottish Living Wage Unit which would have a key role in setting, promoting and monitoring the implementation of the living wage and using public procurement to tackle the scourge of low pay in Scotland. Read more on the Poverty Alliance website.
New Welfare Reform Briefing Paper Available
21st Century Welfare is the UK Government’s Consultation which sets out a series of proposals to revolutionise our current welfare system. This briefing highlights some of the key aspects of the proposals and is designed to encourage groups and organisations to submit their own responses. Click here for more information.
Making A Difference: Stories from the Fight Against Poverty in Scotland
As part of 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty – Social Exclusion the Poverty Alliance and the Document International Human Rights Film Festival have worked together to produce three short films to raise awareness about poverty in Scotland. Filmmakers have worked with students from Kirkcaldy High School, adults from the Clydebank Independent Resource Centre and “The Damned Rebel Bitches” a social history group in Edinburgh, to produce short documentaries. The films will be screened at various venues in October. To find out more about the project and see screening dates please visit the new website