Responding to the final report from Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights following his visit to the UK, Citizens Advice Scotland Director of Impact, Polly Tolley said:
“This is a timely and important report which reflects the reality of what we are seeing through our services across Scotland.
“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people each year and we have seen first-hand the impact of rising poverty in our communities, driven by a combination of changes to social security policy, low paid and insecure work as well as a rising cost of living.
“We agree with the report’s call for an end to the five week wait for Universal Credit, which we have seen push many people into debt and rent arrears, and a call to end the benefits freeze which has pushed millions across the UK below the breadline.
“There is no single government policy that can solve poverty, we need to see a coordinated approach backed up by the right levels of investment that looks at social security, low pay, the cost of living such as housing, transport and utilities bills.
“People struggling need to know that they can get help at their local Citizens Advice Bureau. We’ll help identify the benefits you are entitled to, get you onto lower utilities bills and help with housing advice.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Full report here: https://undocs.org/A/HRC/41/39/Add.1