Food poverty experts have called on the Scottish Government to increase Child Benefit by £5 a week rather than fund foodbanks - do you agree?
Should the Scottish Government increase Child Benefit or fund foodbanks?
- Child Benefit
A report from the Independent Short Life Working Group on Food Poverty this week called on the Scottish Government to use its powers to combat poverty with a fairer social security system. Specifically, it suggested increasing Child Benefit by £5 a week, a move it says will raise 30,000 children out of poverty and reduce the need for foodbanks.
What do you think? The Scottish Government is this year committing £1m to the Fairer Food Fund, which foodbanks can apply to. Is it fairer to give this money straight to the people who need it, or do you think it goes further supporting volunteer-run community initiatives?