Bishop backs “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign

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, Coatbridge.

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.”

For more details on the campaign, click this link.