Poverty-free Scotland possible using prevention, says JRF

Written by Tom Freeman on 18 February 2016 in News

Joseph Rowntree Foundation launches manifesto ahead of Holyrood election proposing ‘long term pathway’ to eradicate poverty

Focusing on education, housing and job prospects can solve Scotland’s poverty problems, according to a new manifesto by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), launched ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections.

More than 200,000 children, 600,000 adults of working age and 100,000 retired people live in income poverty in Scotland, but the JRF argues this can be tackled with an “all-age strategy” for poverty reduction.

It recognises a political consensus on tackling poverty and challenges the parties to translate this into “a clear set of priorities”.


Treat Scots in poverty with more respect and involve them in their support, says Nicola Sturgeon’s poverty adviser Naomi Eisenstadt

Soapbox: Poverty- prevention is better than cure

Scotland's political leaders on poverty

“Because poverty is driven by trends in the jobs market, housing, childcare, education and the cost of essential goods and services, as well as the benefits system, the Scottish response has to be multi-dimensional,” the manifesto says.

Key recommendations include:

- Early years education and childcare should be made more flexible with a single funding system

- More investment in careers advice

- Improve pay, hours, security and prospects at work

- Rent controls and a new local property tax to replace the council tax

- Reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency

In his accompanying blog, the JRF's associate director for Scotland Jim McCormick said poverty was “costly, risky and wasteful” but can be solved by a “wealthy” country.

“We know a great deal about the causes of poverty and how to fight it: there is no excuse for fatalism or inaction. The challenge now is to all parties to set out their plans that will drive down levels of poverty and make sustained progress,” he said.



Related Articles

Architects' body issues warning on all PFI public buildings in the wake of Edinburgh schools report
14 February 2017

Failure of public bodies to respond to the Edinburgh PFI schools report could 'risk lives', the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland warns

Brexit and Scotland's rural economy
21 June 2018

Concern over challenges faced by rural communities have been long-running, but with Brexit on the horizon, new ones have emerged

Promote the aquaculture industry to school leavers and graduates, urges HIE
23 May 2018

Highlands and Islands Enterprise highlights a gender imbalance in both the industry and education system, as well as an ageing workforce

Related Sponsored Articles

Share this page