Key messages

In a just and compassionate society, it’s simply not right that so many people are trapped in the grip of poverty. Poverty puts people in impossible situations, like having to choose between heating their home or paying their rent.

Challenge Poverty Week is designed to highlight the growing problem of poverty in Scotland and showcase the solutions we can all get behind to solve it.

The Health and Social Care Alliance self-management and poverty conference, part of Challenge Povety Week 2018

By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can end poverty. Employers can play their part by ensuring every worker is paid a Real Living Wage. Governments at all levels must ensure that social security benefits are adequate to help loosen the grip of poverty and provide an anchor against the rising tide of low pay and high housing costs.

Together, we can redesign our economy to better reflect the values of compassion and justice we all share.

The key messages of Challenge Poverty Week are:

Challenge Poverty? Aye we can!

  • Too many people in Scotland are trapped in the grip of poverty
  • By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can solve poverty
  • Solving poverty is about ensuring we can all participate in a just and compassionate society