Poverty is once again increasing in Scotland. Despite real progress in the past, more people are now being swept into poverty and struggling to make ends meet. In Scotland, we have seen a number of policies emerge designed to tackle poverty, setting new stretching targets to tackle the child poverty. We have also had new bodies set up to oversee progress and to ensure that the Government and others are held to account. A new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission was established earlier this year, with Bill Scott appointed as Chair.
We are delighted that Bill Scott will deliver the Challenge Poverty Lecture 2019. The lecture, hosted by the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University and the Poverty Alliance, will focus on the priorities that the new Commission will focus on in the years ahead. We may have targets for reducing child poverty, but are we doing all we can to meet them? And what more can we do to address the stubborn inequality that divides Scotland?
Bill Scott has a long history of involvement in anti-poverty work, from grassroots campaigning on workers rights and health inequalities, to lobbying on disabled people’s rights. The lecture will be an opportunity to hear from the first chair of the new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission, and to discuss with him how we can work together to overcome poverty in Scotland.
Please note that this event is free but tickets are essential. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenge-poverty-lecture-bill-scott-tickets-73742651255