Incomes and Poverty

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Why this is important

16. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of work poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

make the payment of a living wage a legal requirement for all employers.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.97% Disagree 1.94% Agree 22.33% Strongly agree 74.76% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

17. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of unstable work and low incomes the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

work with Westminster to make zero hours contracts illegal.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 3.88% Disagree 10.68% Agree 25.24% Strongly agree 60.19% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

18. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of Scotland’s poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

set up a task force to overcome poverty – there should be one in each council area and with guidelines from government including fair representation of citizens affected by poverty on the task force.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 3.88% Disagree 7.77% Agree 37.86% Strongly agree 50.49% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

19. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to ensure that citizens can make informed decisions in relation to defining poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

ask citizens 3 questions:

  • Do you have a roof over your head?

  • Can you heat your house?

  • Will you be able to put hot food on the table?

If the answer is no, you are in poverty.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 6.80% Disagree 15.53% Agree 24.27% Strongly agree 53.40% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

20. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to ensure that citizens can make informed decisions in relation to preventing poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

identify issues that lead people falling into poverty and intercept people before they reach poverty, e.g. address job losses, push for the abolishment of zero hour contracts, etc.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 3.88% Agree 35.92% Strongly agree 57.28% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

21. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of working poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

push for the abolishment of the zero hour contract, make companies more flexible and accountable and have all companies pay staff at least the living wage.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 3.88% Disagree 4.85% Agree 25.24% Strongly agree 66.02% Total votes 103

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Why this is important

22. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to ensure that citizens can make informed decisions in relation to support for poverty the Scottish
Government and Parliament should:

Action required

require the 32 local councils to establish local task forces and appoint a poverty representative as a bridge between local and national level.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 7.77% Agree 50.49% Strongly agree 38.83% Total votes 103

 

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