Reports & Articles


The Commission's Main Reports

Findings of the Poverty Truth Commission - March 2009 - April 2011 -
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Violence and Community Breakdown: Observations and Recommendations -
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Kinship Care: Observations and Recommendations -
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Poverty Truth Commission Manifesto -
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Kinship Care: It Could Happen to you Manifesto -
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Kinship Care: It Could Happen to you Pledge Postcard -
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Kinship Local Election Demonstration 2012 Press Release -
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One Year One report - May 2012 -
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Articles: What others have said

Poverty is Everybody's Problem - The Herald - 2nd March 2009 -
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Treatment of those in Poverty is a Poor Show - The Herald - 16th March 2009 -
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Honest Poverty - The Daily Record - 21st March 2009 -
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Poverty? I've always done two jobs but its never been enough - The Herald - May 2009 -
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I can't even afford to buy my daughter a bed - The Herald - 8th May 2009 -
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Forum aims to help Poor find their Voice - The Herald - May 2009 -
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Families in Need - The Herald - 6th July 2009 -
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No Choice but to Care - The Herald - 6th July 2009 -
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Postcode Lottery leaves Carers in Poverty - The Herald - 6th July 2009 -
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Politicians play Blame Game - The Herald - 7th July -
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Letters in response to Kinship Care Articles - The Herald - 8th July 2009 -
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Political Leaders urged to Tackle Poverty - Evening Times - 23rd April 2010 -
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Poverty Manifesto Reveals Scotland's Debt Lottery - Third Force News - April 2010 -
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Voice of Experience - Holyrood Magazine - June 2010 -
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Gran helps win Kinship Fight - Evening Times - 27th October 2010 -
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Listen Mr Osborne - The Herald - 14th December 2010 -
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Chancellor is Challenged to visit Scotland's Deprived Communities - The Herald - 14th December 2010 -
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Governments urged to listen to "real experts" in poverty - Holyrood Magazine - 11th April 2011 -
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Poor can Pull down Barriers to Power - The Big Issue - 11th - 17th April -
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Civil Servants could be sent to experience life in Poverty - The Herald - 16th April 2011 -
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Ian Galloway: It's time for a new approach to Poverty - The Scotsman - 16th April 2011 -
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The real experts on poverty are the poor themselves - The Herald - 18th April 2011 -
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Poverty Truth Commission - The Friend - 29th April -
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Time for Truth - Third Force News - April 2011 -
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More than a Talking Shop - Third Force News - 22nd April 2011 -
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Kinship Carer Update - Regen North Magazine - April 2011 -
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Nothing about us, without us, is for us - Written by Martin Johnstone for The Scottish Review - April 2011 -
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My Life - My name is Jean, and this is my life so far - Flourish - May 2011 -
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Allowing the poor to be heard is key to tackling poverty - Flourish - May 2011 -
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Nothing about us, without us, is for us - Energy Action Scotland Energy Review - August 2011 -
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From the Holy City: The Poverty Truth Commission - The Coracle - August 2011 -
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Kinship Carers our unsung heroes -
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Kinship Carers are still paid less than Foster Carers - Sunday Post - 2nd October 2011 -
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Sir Tom hands over holiday park caravan to give carers a welcome break - Evening Times - 23rd November 2011 -
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Poor Relations - The Glaswegian - 18th January 2012 -
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Bedroom Tax Call to Action -
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Bedroom Tax Call to Action

"It is crucial that we understand the roots of what poverty is. First, it is structural, being systemic to the distribution of power, resources and educational opportunities in society. Second, it is a form of violence that comes from a deficit of empathy between those who have much and those who have little. Third, it is intergenerational, with its life-crippling seeds getting passed on in early childhood. And fourth, it is sustained by blindness to the full humanity of one another, showing it to be a pathology of the rich and not just a deficit of the poor. These four drivers are so fundamental to the human condition that they require not quick fixes but an evolution in human consciousness and in how we see our national identity. To walk this path we must allow ourselves to be challenged by Truth - the truth of where we and our world stand, the truth of where we know we are called to go, and the many truths of how to bridge that gap. Truth is an active power for change. Reconciliation is what brings us back together again in our common humanity. Both spring from the sharing of community. Truth and reconciliation are about seeking that which gives life. Life as love made manifest."

Alastair McIntosh

Commissioner