The recent economic and financial crisis has shown that poverty can affect anyone.
Benefit cuts are driving more people and families deeper into poverty.

There’s no single definition of poverty but most agree that being ‘poor’ is about having less than you need to meet typical living standards in the society you live in. In other words, your income isn’t enough to buy the basics that you need.

Scottish charities have united behind the ‘Scotland’s Outlook’ campaign to shine a light on the scale and impact of the poverty crisis in our communities.
We want people to get angry and get active in the fight against poverty in Scotland.
Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland and we campaign for the rights of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families. This includes their right to receive the highest standards of care and support without facing financial hardship due to the illness: an issue that affects many living with dementia.

    Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

    Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

    We want a society where all Scotland’s children can enjoy their childhoods and have fair chances in life to reach their full potential. We campaign and lobby to make this a reality, and maximise family incomes through our welfare rights work, publications and training.

    Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

    Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

    CHAS provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children with life-shortening conditions, and their families. We provide practical, medical and emotional support to families providing constant care. All of CHAS services are free which is vital to families who live with the ongoing financial implications of their child’s condition.

    Macmillan

    One in three of us will get cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland wants to make sure no one has to face it alone. Many of us affected by cancer are pushed into poverty due to the financial consequences of the illness, such as loss of income and increased travel and heating costs. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people with cancer and their families. We also push for better cancer care and for better support for people during and after treatment.

    Oxfam

    Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam is now working in nearly 60 countries around the world, including the UK, on a diverse range of projects. The UK is the seventh richest country in the world, but many people today are struggling to put food on the table. This is why Oxfam is working to ensure that everyone in the UK has enough income to feed themselves and their families with dignity.

    Poverty Alliance

    Poverty Alliance

    The Poverty Alliance is a membership organisation with a range of varied experience in addressing issues related to poverty and social exclusion. Our vision is of a sustainable Scotland based on social and economic justice, with dignity for all, where poverty and inequalities are not tolerated and are challenged.

    Shelter Scotland

    Shelter Scotland

    Shelter Scotland works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. We do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good. We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

    The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

    The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

    SCVO is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. SCVO works in partnership with the voluntary sector to advance our shared values and interests. We have over 1500 members who range from individuals and grassroots groups, to Scotland-wide organisations and intermediary bodies. Through lobbying and campaigning SCVO works to advance the interests of our members and the people and communities that they support.