Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Breaking people’s spirits’ – the impact of welfare cuts.


Twice over the last 18 months, members of the Poverty Truth Commission have been reduced to tears during our meetings. One of those was as we heard from one of our members about the experience of being sanctioned by the Job Centre for failing to fulfil the requirements that had been placed upon him for applying for work. In the previous week, he had applied for one less job than he was meant to have. No matter that the week before that he had applied for more jobs than he needed to... read more

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‘Heat or eat’ – the cost of being poor.


People who struggle against poverty frequently have to pay more for their food, fuel and financial services (such as credit and insurance) than those who are better off. Quite literally, there are too many people living in Scotland today who need to choose between heating and eating.

The additional costs of being poor – sometimes described as the Poverty Premium – has been one of the core issues considered by Scotland’s Poverty Truth Commission over the last 18 months. The Commission will be reporting on what it has learnt and its recommendations for change at Turning Up the Volume on Poverty on the 21st June 2014... read more

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When people in poverty are listened to, change happens.

TUV-resized-imageThis is the simple, and stark, message of Scotland’s Poverty Truth Commission. The opposite is also, tragically, true. When people who struggle against poverty are ignored, or worse still, blamed for their poverty, things will only get worse.

Over the next three months, the leaders of the Yes and No Thanks campaigns will be constantly in our papers and on our radios and TVs, as well as in countless conversations in the house, the workplace, the playground, the church hall, the pub, and the sports centre... read more

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Look after yourself

john_mannLast week I broke my watch. It was a cheap replacement to my good watch that I managed to drop and break a few months ago. Breaking watches is not something I normally do. I began to think on it, as you do.

I like wearing a watch – to check the time – to make sure I am “on time.” I don’t like to be late.

As I read through the lectionary texts for this week I was thinking about time and so it seemed that time was reflected back through these readings... read more

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