It’s Challenge Poverty Week; an opportunity for organisations and individuals to raise their voices against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland.

Challenge Poverty Week is an initiative coordinated by the Poverty Alliance. The main aims are to:

  • highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes that about exist about it
  • demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • increase public support for more action to solve poverty

Throughout the week, What Works Scotland will be highlighting our poverty-related research and evidence from the past three years.

The Poverty Alliance is encouraging as many groups and individuals to get involved in Challenge Poverty Week by organising activities or taking part in activities organised by others. Each organisation and group that takes part in Challenge Poverty Week will have their own priorities and policy asks, but we can all agree that:

  • poverty exists in Scotland and can be solved
  • 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 to participate in society

What Works Scotland will be contributing to raise the profile of poverty, sharing possible local and regional approaches to reducing poverty, and engaging in discussions with various policymakers and stakeholders about solutions.

The Poverty Alliance website has more information on the events and activities taking place across Scotland.