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Smoking must be in the mix on poverty question Reply

In this blog, Policy & Research Officer Mike Andrews reflects on the media coverage of recent poverty reports, and conversations around the office about them.

2017 has kicked off with a couple of very high profile reports and academic pieces which have demonstrated, pretty bluntly, the awful effects that poverty is having at both the start and end of people’s lives. It has to be said, though, that sometimes you have to dig under the headlines to really see what writers are saying. More…


Protecting our children from harm while they play Reply

Tottering round in mum’s far too big heels, sneaking into the make-up drawer to paint your face, rummaging around in the tool box to play ‘fix it’, chattering into any inanimate object to take that important ‘call’,  pestering to ‘drive’ the car and wanting to ‘help’ with the dishes. Children copy the behaviour of those around to them, mostly harmless and part of their natural development, but there are some adult behaviours which we shouldn’t expose our children to and don’t want them mimicking. More…


Scotland’s Tobacco-free Generation – the real freedom agenda 4

The Scottish Government has declared a vision for Scotland to be “tobacco-free”. Some people worry such a shift cannot be delivered by free actions, and will require some form of coercion to drive it along. That’s not how I want to do it – and looking at the numbers we can clearly see that’s not how it has to be. More…

Children pond dipping at James Aiton P.S.., Cambuslang

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ASH Scotland’s winning plan for a win, win, win, win, win situation Reply

The Child Poverty Strategy sets out what the Scottish Government plans to do to reduce the levels of child poverty in Scotland, and so ensure that as few children as possible experience any type of socio-economic disadvantage. There are two very distinctive aims within the strategy:

  • to reduce the levels of child poverty by reducing income poverty and material deprivation
  • to improve children’s wellbeing and life chance – with the ultimate aim being to break inter-generational cycles of poverty, inequality and deprivation.


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Why ASH Scotland is supporting Financial Capability Week Reply

When 40% of adults say they are not in control of their finances and a further four in ten have less than £500 in savings, it’s clear the UK is facing a financial capability crisis which requires a collective response. Smoking has a huge impact on people’s finances, including for many who say that they want to stop. That is why ASH Scotland is supporting Financial Capability Week (14-20 November 2016), and our Development Lead for Inequalities, Tracey Rogers, blogs for us about this: More…