Let’s discuss poverty…

Challenge Poverty Week (CPW) is an initiative organised by The Poverty Alliance that seeks to increase our knowledge of poverty and inequality in Scotland. Under the tag line, “Challenge Poverty in Scotland?  Aye, We Can!” this year CPW is running from October 15th-21st, and unites a large number of individuals keen to draw attention to and address poverty in Scotland. Working with JRF, the Poverty Alliance have identified three key messages for the campaign this year:

  • Poverty exists in Scotland and affects us all
  • Poverty can be solved by boosting incomes and reducing costs
  • Tackling poverty is about ensuring we are all able participate in society

By sharing anti-poverty work from across academic and research communities in this blog, we hope to add to the activities of all those involved in the Challenge Poverty Week initiative and their efforts to make a change. So here you’ll find a range of blog pieces from different perspectives, drawing on different research projects, and written by authors from different disciplinary backgrounds. What we all have in common is our desire to demonstrate the problems and issues associated with poverty. We hope that this can contribute to anti-poverty focussed discussions and future policy making.

Throughout CPW I’ll upload new contributions. You can access these at the foot of this page (where you can also access the contributions for Challenge Poverty Week 2014 and 2015). The site only provides a flavour of some of the work taking place so if you’d like further information please click on the links provided on each page. As the week goes on we hope to receive more contributions and if you would like to contribute in any way, please get in touch by emailing Hayley Bennett at University of Edinburgh.

If you would like any further information about the Challenge Poverty Week initiative please contact The Poverty Alliance. You can also search for #CPW17 #Ayewecan on twitter or mention @CPW_Scotland 

This blog is a collection of contributions from individuals and teams based in academic and research institutions who work on issues of poverty and broad themes such as inequality, deprivation, and social policy.  Each author was asked to write a short piece about their research work or to discuss the issue of poverty. Most of the posts on this site draw on research and evidence from commissioned projects and activities from a range of funding bodies. Many contributors are members of the Social Policy Association or part of the new Social Policy Association Scotland Group. However, the views are limited to those of each individual author and should not be interpreted as those of the employers, funding partners, or the SPA. The responsibility for any errors or omissions lies with the author.

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