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This Cross-party group's purpose:

Aims to act as a forum for exploring the drivers of and solutions to poverty in Scotland. It will act to connect MSPs with organisations working to tackle poverty, as well as with people living on low incomes across Scotland, in order to better inform anti-poverty policy-making and contribute to the ending of poverty in Scotland

Next meeting

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The next meeting of the CPG on Poverty will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of May between 2-3pm.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Ruth Boyle.


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Paul O'Kane


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Beatrice Wishart

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Shetland Islands (Constituency)

Miles Briggs


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Bob Doris


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn (Constituency)

Rhoda Grant


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Monica Lennon


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Edinburgh Northern and Leith (Constituency)

Carol Mochan


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Alex Rowley


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Kilbride (Constituency)

Non MSP Individuals

Janice Connelly


Poverty Alliance - secretary

The Pyramid at Anderston


Poverty and Inequality Commission

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Friends CIC

Age Scotland

The Wise Group

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Parenting Across Scotland

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)

Community Transport Association

SURF - Scotland's Regeneration Forum

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA)

Scottish Pensioners Forum

Newton Primary School

Save the Children

Bridgeton CAB

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dundee Bairns

Xaverians UK

EBI Unites

Oxfam Scotland

Diabetes Scotland

FARE Scotland

Ferguslie Community Development Trust

Bute Advice Centre

Dalkeith CAB

Women's Enterprise Scotland

Barnardos Scotland

Funeral Link

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Scottish Community Safety Network

Homeless Network Scotland

Moray Food Plus

Cranhill Development Trust


The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

Shelter Scotland



Health and Social Care Alliance

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

Welfare Scotland

Close the Gap

Mayfield & Easthouse Development Trust

Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit

David Hume Institute

Scottish Womens Convention

Spirit Advocacy

Darkwood Crew

South Uist and Benbecula Free Church

Sikh and Punjabi Junction Social Enterprise Project

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)