The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Scotland (SSVP) has added its voice to calls for an "adequate social security system" to help combat the cost of living.
Vincentian charities across the UK issued a statement following the Autumn Budget announcement from the UK Government.
Danny Collins, National President of SSVP Scotland, said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Vincentian brothers and sisters in challenging the social injustices imposed on those we serve.
"The Vincentian statement is a true reflection on how we must always challenge those responsible for implementing policies which further impoverish those most in need.”
The statement calls for:
- A clear vision to improve the adequacy of social security to support people both in and out of work.
- Ensuring protections for recipients of Universal Credit for whom full-time employment is not a workable option.
- A sustainable plan to address the systemic underfunding of local government
- A commitment to pursuing the Levelling Up agenda by providing details of upcoming targeted financial support for those areas most in need.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) alone has supported over 55,000 people in the past year (England and Wales), and it reports worrying trends such as people on higher income accessing our foodbanks, and a 66% increase in the number of requests for help from 2020.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Scotland stands shoulder to shoulder with our Vincentian brothers and sisters in challenging the Social Injustices imposed on those we serve.
Please take a look at the Autumn Statement that can be found on our website:https://t.co/epI5xIPQ4S
— SSVP Scotland (@ssvp_scotland) November 21, 2022
Elizabeth Palmer, CEO of the SVP in England and Wales, said: “The number of people seeking our help across the country is increasing every day.
The profile of the people seeking our help is also changing and is beginning to include those who were previously managing to cope without our help.”
Mark Choonara, CEO of Daughters of Charity Services, says: “We are in a recession. As we seek to restore our economic growth, we must ensure that equality and fairness are rooted at the heart of our efforts, revitalising our society along with our economy.”
The statement, Signed by groups including Company of Mission Priests and Congregation of the Mission, adds: "Catholic social teaching upholds the right for everyone to have dignity.
"We as Vincentian charities call on the government to provide adequate social protection that takes into consideration the basic necessities of life."