In a Platform piece for The Scotsman, Head of Oxfam Scotland Judith Robertson argues for a Scottish Poverty Commissioner.
Poverty is a creation of society and - if we work together and have the will - we have ample resources to end it. That is especially true in rich, modern Scotland.
But research published this week shows that will is lacking among many politicians.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies says an extra 1.1...
Today (31 January) is the deadline for people to submit their tax returns,
Most people, whether low earners with income just above the tax threshold or high earners paying the highest tax rate, take pride in playing fair with the rest of society - they will stay up late declaring every penny earned and refrain from playing fast and loose with the tax rules.
But some people don't play by the rules.
Oxfam has published a...
A huge board game showing how easy it is to fall in and out of poverty was played in Scotland for the first time today.
A new report by Oxfam published today (Thu 14 June) highlights the "perfect storm" facing the poorest people in the UK.
Responding to today's Budget, Oxfam Scotland says it's a missed opportunity to tackle rising inequality and raise billions of pounds for public services across the UK.
The charity - which works extensively with local partners across Scotland - brands claims that this is a 'Robin Hood' budget "a farce".
The Chancellor announced a cut in the 50p top rate of rate to 45p for the highest earners in the country,...
I used to wonder whether we got the politics we deserve. But now, when reading headlines such as "'Welfare reform has us terrified' - families facing the worst speak out", it is hard not to think something has gone terribly wrong at the top.
How can policies that are already doing so much harm to the most vulnerable of our citizens be implemented, despite so much evidence that they are not just unhelpful, but so very...
Campaigners for a fairer financial system have called on the Scottish Government to support the Robin Hood Tax (RHT) to heap pressure on the UK Coalition to implement it.
It comes after the Royal Bank of Scotland announced that despite making a £2 billion loss last year - it will still pay bonuses totalling £785 million to staff. The bonus payout by the bank - which is 82% taxpayer owned - includes £390 million for the firm's investment...
Our Prime Minister has kicked off 2012 by announcing a pledge to half the amount of red-tape and calling health and safety laws a 'monster'. This is part of a promise he made last year to wage 'war' on the enemies of enterprise.
Hardly appropriate language, in that he is implicitly equating bureaucrats with other targets of government 'wars' - terrorists and drug dealers.
The reason why this language jars...
Oxfam poll reveals Scots are skipping meals to feed their children. Growing concern pensioners are being forced to "ration" food.
We support proposals for a new Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) and believe Scotland should send a clear and united message in support of the measure.
Branded the Robin Hood Tax by some campaigners, the FTT will not affect retail banking including individuals' savings and mortgages. Instead it will target the speculative trading such as shares, bonds, foreign exchange and derivatives.
The recent economic crisis was triggered...