We are calling on MSPs to ensure that Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week to tackle the reality of child poverty.
Poverty currently affects one in four children in Scotland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that poverty can be solved.
Tackling poverty is good for us all, and we believe that social security should enable children to access all the opportunities available to them.
Increasing child benefit by just £5 a week for every child could lift tens of thousands of children out of poverty.
Poverty is fundamentally about a lack of income, and this move would improve families’ incomes.
An additional £5 per week could cover seven nutritious breakfasts of cereal, milk, fruit juice and a banana; or over two months, a good quality winter coat or enable children to take part in a school trip or activity each week.
Scotland has new social security powers. We believe the Scottish Government should take every opportunity to help children and families out of poverty, including “topping up” child benefit.
Members of the Give Me Five campaign are writing to Derek Mackay, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work in advance of the Scottish Government budget this December to:
- bring forward the delivery of the Scottish Government’s new income supplement for low income families, given that the current timescale of 2022 isn’t reflective of the urgency needed
- reiterate the campaign’s call for the proposed income supplement to be delivered via the topping up of Child Benefit
The Give Me Five campaign continues to lobby the Scottish Government to take positive action to alleviate child poverty by increasing Child Benefit by £5 a week.
The campaign group recognises that the recent Child Poverty Delivery Plan from the Scottish Government, ‘Every Child Every Chance – Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022’ would not have included the commitment to an income supplement had it not been for the successful lobbying of the Give Me Five campaign.
However the Government has so far chosen to take a targeted approach and this will continue to be challenged by the Give Me Five campaign.
What you can do
- Add your name to the Give Me Five petition here
- Download a petition for people in your congregation to sign that you can send back to us here
- Email your MSP about the Give Me Five campaign here
- Support the campaign on social media by using #GiveMe5 and @GM5Scot on Twitter and keeping up to date on Facebook here
Who we are
The ‘Give Me Five’ Campaign is a coalition of third sector, civic society and faith groups featured below.
Frequently Asked Questions about Give Me Five
- Read the FAQs here
- For the latest briefing on Give Me Five published in January 2018 please click here