Check If You Qualify

Charities Call on Sturgeon to Give Parents Income Supplement Sooner

Sharon McDougall - 25th June 2019 - 2 minutes to read

First minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to introduce a planned income supplement for low income families sooner than is currently intended.

Charities, academies, trade unions and campaign groups have all joined forces to say that 2022, the scheduled introduction date for the supplement, is too far in the future and will leave thousands of families across Scotland struggling to make ends meet in the meantime.

On that basis, a group of 70 signatories have put their names to a letter calling on Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish government to urgently reconsider their timetable for the income supplement.

The group expressed strong support for the supplement itself, saying that it would be a very valuable financial lifeline for tens of thousands of families and children who currently live in poverty across Scotland.

However, the point was also made very clearly in the letter that action on the issue of poverty and particularly child poverty needs to be taken sooner rather than later.

Peter Kelly from the Poverty Alliance said in a statement that urgent action is needed to address the issue of child poverty across the country, saying that “the equivalent of one classroom of children a day are being pulled into poverty in Scotland”.

Sally Ann Kelly, chief executive of the children’s charity Aberlour, said: “Waiting until 2022 is too late for many families who are struggling now and the 240,000 children living in poverty.

“Working with families across Scotland every day we see how many of them are at risk of falling deeper into financial hardship and being exposed to the worst effects of poverty and related toxic stress.”

Speaking on behalf of the government, communities secretary Aileen Campbell said that a fund of £50 million has been set aside to help ensure that child poverty targets are met in the coming years.

The government has also recently announced the introduction of a new fund to help cover out-of-school childcare costs for parents across Scotland as part of its child poverty reduction strategy.

If you live anywhere in Scotland and you’re struggling to cope with your personal debts then Scotland Debt Solutions can help. Contact us directly to arrange a FREE and confidential consultation.

facebook colour icon twitter colour icon linkedin colour icon messenger colour icon whatsapp colour icon email colour icon
Sharon McDougall Square

Sharon McDougall


Other News

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show Debt Level Rising

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show

Levels of unsecured debt in Scotland increased dramatically during 2022 as the cost of living crisis took its toll on household finances.

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’ Financial Hardship

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’

Close to half a million Scots are in a position of profound financial hardship, according to a new set of figures.

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits Scottish Man In Wheelchair

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits

Disabled people in Scotland are being urged by the government to check whether they might be eligible for benefits that could help make their life a little easier.


Why Choose Us

Usp Location

5 Offices in Scotland

National Coverage

Usp House

Ask us About

Home Visits

Usp Hand Heart

Helping Scots Get

Out of Debt Since 1989

Usp Handshake

We offer an

Instant Initial Consultation

Usp Palm Wallet

We'll Help You

Lower Monthly Payments

Usp Hand Heart


Out of Debt Since 1989

We'll give you a call

Our Scottish based team can help advise you on your debt problems.

Here at Scotland Debt Solutions we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to contact you with regards to your enquiry. We will not use your information for marketing purposes. See our Privacy Policy.


Useful tools

Personalised Debt Report
Usp Planner

Personalised Debt Report

Our personalised debt report will help you better understand your financial position and see where your money is going.

Debt Report
Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Arrange a call with an expert advisor at a time to suit you or contact our team via WhatsApp for immediate help and advice.

Arrange Callback
Find a Local Office
Usp Signpost

Find a Local Office

We have five offices located across Scotland. Find your nearest one here.

Find an Office

Our Insolvency Practitioners are regulated by ICAS or the IPA and our firm is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Fees and Information: There are fees associated with our services. These will be fully explained before entering into any of the personal debt solutions referred to on this website. Full details of our fees and how these are charged are fully explained to you prior to you committing to any particular service.

ICAS Insolvency Practitioners