Bishop backs “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign
Monday 28 August 2017
Bishop William Nolan of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission has backed the national launch of the “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign, to increase Child Benefit in Scotland by £5 per child per week.
The campaign will be launched on Wednesday 30th August 2017 at the Conforti Institute, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS at 9.30am.
The “Give Me Five” campaign aims to lift 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by increasing child benefit by £5 a week per child. While the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is welcomed, setting out as it does ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030, this campaign seeks urgent action now to meet the needs of the 260,000 children living in poverty in Scotland today.
For families struggling to make ends meet, £5 a week could mean a week of proper breakfasts, a warm school coat, or the ability to share in out of school activities.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Bishop William Nolan, President of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission, said:
“For a growing number of children, this is not the Scotland of equality, fairness and opportunity that our politicians tell us they wish to achieve. I would urge politicians of all parties to support this initiative and act now to reduce the number of our children for whom poverty is destroying their childhood and stifling their future.”
The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, also backed the campaign, saying:
“It is a political, social and moral imperative that we act now to effect change for the good. The Church of Scotland stands alongside people of all faith traditions, and none, in the move towards fairness for all our children.”
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Notes to Editors:
1.You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to The Conforti Institute, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS on Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 9.30am. Launch Speakers:
The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway and Bishop President of the Justice & Peace Scotland Commission
John Dickie, Director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde, & former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
Hugh Foy, Head of Programmes, Conforti Institute
- For Further information contact Frances Gallagher, Justice & Peace Scotland
Tel: 0141 333 0238 Mob: 07988 442146