Submission Documents: Motion by Councillor Ruairi Kelly:- "Council notes Challenge Poverty Week 2023 earlier this month and recognises that for Glasgow City Council challenging poverty is a whole systems, long term commitment as set in our 2022-2027 strategic plan Grand Challenge to "Reduce poverty and inequality in our communities" and "Increase opportunity and prosperity for all our citizens" Council further recognises that Glasgow is now in the worrying business of helping put food onto tables and heat homes, which is seeing financial and physical capacity diverted from the long-term work of improving life chances and outcomes towards the day-to-day support of the increasing numbers of citizens in financial crisis. Council notes that poverty is a complex and multi-layered and multigenerational problem which has no simple solutions but wide ranging and long lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities. Council believes that ending poverty, including child poverty in the city requires significant leadership and urgency from all levels of government, UK, Scottish and local government, and the use of a myriad of different approaches to resolve ingrained poverty and bold long term action must be taken to increase people's income and ensure everyone can afford the essentials. Council welcomes the increase to the Scottish Child Payment which it is estimated will lift 50,000 children in Scotland out of poverty and reduce child poverty by 5 percentage points. Council condemns the UK Westminster Government who have inflicted over a decade of austerity on the people of Glasgow. Council believes that these policies are both deliberate and vindictive against our citizens. Council agrees that Brexit continues to have a negative impact on our citizens and is a direct contributor to the cost-of-living crisis being worse in the UK than it is elsewhere in Europe. Council further believes that the two child limit is a scar on the soul of society directly responsible for plunging over a million children into poverty (or deeper poverty) and the two child limit is the worst example of these punitive, pointless and unproductive policies; and, that the objective of reducing child poverty cannot be achieved without scrapping it, and that abolishing the policy will have an immediate beneficial impact on children suffering hardship. Council calls on all parties to commit to repealing the two-child limit on benefits immediately. Council calls on all political parties to pledge in their forthcoming UK election manifestos to not only immediately repeal the two child benefit cap, but also the bedroom tax, the five-week wait for Universal Credit and sanctions and payments deducted at source from Universal Credit, as well as demanding restoration of ringfenced funding for devolved governments and local councils to provide crisis support for families." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission Motion by Councillor Ruairi Kelly:- "Council notes Challenge Poverty Week 2023 earlier this month and recognises that for Glasgow City Council challenging poverty is a whole systems, long term commitment as set in our 2022-2027 strategic plan Grand Challenge to "Reduce poverty and inequality in our communities" and "Increase opportunity and prosperity for all our citizens" Council further recognises that Glasgow is now in the worrying business of helping put food onto tables and heat homes, which is seeing financial and physical capacity diverted from the long-term work of improving life chances and outcomes towards the day-to-day support of the increasing numbers of citizens in financial crisis. Council notes that poverty is a complex and multi-layered and multigenerational problem which has no simple solutions but wide ranging and long lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities. Council believes that ending poverty, including child poverty in the city requires significant leadership and urgency from all levels of government, UK, Scottish and local government, and the use of a myriad of different approaches to resolve ingrained poverty and bold long term action must be taken to increase people's income and ensure everyone can afford the essentials. Council welcomes the increase to the Scottish Child Payment which it is estimated will lift 50,000 children in Scotland out of poverty and reduce child poverty by 5 percentage points. Council condemns the UK Westminster Government who have inflicted over a decade of austerity on the people of Glasgow. Council believes that these policies are both deliberate and vindictive against our citizens. Council agrees that Brexit continues to have a negative impact on our citizens and is a direct contributor to the cost-of-living crisis being worse in the UK than it is elsewhere in Europe. Council further believes that the two child limit is a scar on the soul of society directly responsible for plunging over a million children into poverty (or deeper poverty) and the two child limit is the worst example of these punitive, pointless and unproductive policies; and, that the objective of reducing child poverty cannot be achieved without scrapping it, and that abolishing the policy will have an immediate beneficial impact on children suffering hardship. Council calls on all parties to commit to repealing the two-child limit on benefits immediately. Council calls on all political parties to pledge in their forthcoming UK election manifestos to not only immediately repeal the two child benefit cap, but also the bedroom tax, the five-week wait for Universal Credit and sanctions and payments deducted at source from Universal Credit, as well as demanding restoration of ringfenced funding for devolved governments and local councils to provide crisis support for families.".

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Item Minute - 26 October 2023 Minute Public Open Document in PDF Format
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