Key messages

Challenge Poverty Week 2021 will take place from 4-10 October 2021. Please note that all resources and information on this website relates to Challenge Poverty Week 2020. Updated information and resources will be posted at a later date. Subscribe to the Poverty Alliance monthly newsletter for updates.

The key messages of Challenge Poverty Week are:

  • Too many people in Scotland are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty.  
  • As we plan our economic recovery, we must redesign our economy to reflect the values of justice and compassion we all share.  
  • By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can solve poverty.  

We all want to do right by each other. And yet, we live in a society where one in five people live with the constant pressure of living in poverty.   

Too many people are struggling to pay bills, put food on the table and take part in society. This is particularly true for women, disabled people and people from black and minority ethnic communities.  

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. 

As we plan our economic recovery, we must redesign our economy to reflect the values of justice and compassion we all share. By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can end poverty.  

Our governments must invest in affordable and accessible public services and ensure that social security benefits provide enough money for people to live a decent life. Employers must offer secure contracts and ensure every worker is paid a real Living Wage. We can all play our part by holding governments to account.  

Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and unite with others in calling for a more just and equal Scotland. 

#ChallengePoverty #TogetherWeCan 

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