This week was Challenge poverty week across Scotland with the Poverty Alliance promoting a series of events across the country.
On Thursday, Local MSP Neil Findlay took part in an event at St Peter’s church in Livingston which brought together the St Vincent De Paul society, West Lothian Food Bank and Livingston Credit Union to discuss the impact of poverty in West Lothian. Earlier in the day the MSP took part in a Parliamentary debate to mark the week of activity. On Friday Neil visited West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau to meet with front line advisers and hear about their work supporting people in the community.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“Whilst Challenge Poverty week provides a platform to raise the profile of poverty and related issues, the reality is poverty is with us 52 weeks a year and it is impacting on more and more people. 1 million people in Scotland are affected by poverty – this is scandal in 2018. Nelson Mandela said that like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings. What we need is Governments to put the eradication of poverty at the very top of the political agenda.”