What’s the next game-changer for solving poverty in Scotland?

Central Edinburgh
Tuesday 08 October 2019 -
12:30 to 16:30

Shaping the agenda on work, social security and housing

This October, JRF will be offering a number of events throughout Challenge Poverty Week and the SNP Conference that bring together government officials, social change makers, researchers and those with lived experience of poverty to discuss what the possible future game-changers are that will allow Scotland to achieve the 2030 Child Poverty Targets.

Earlier this year, the announcement of the Scottish Child Payment proved a decisive moment in Scotland’s history of tackling poverty. The new £10 per week payment, aimed at all children on low income, has been described as a game-changer for poverty in Scotland.  

However, we know poverty in Scotland is rising. The Scottish Child Payment will go some way to stem the tide, but on its own, it will only take Scotland a small way to reaching its child poverty targets.  

We need to build on this momentum to secure the potential for Scotland’s children and to keep heads above water. We need more game-changers, from across housing, work and social security, to make this a reality.

The key aim of our event on 8 October is to identify what needs to be done to address the drivers of child poverty across work and housing as well as other elements of social security in Scotland. We will be developing solutions alongside delegates that have the ability to make a noticeable difference to families, that are achievable in the next ten years and will support in achieving the 2030 child poverty targets.


For further details regarding this event please contact Eleanor Boyle, Conference Producer, at [email protected].