Council sign the Stick Your Labels pledges
South Lanarkshire Council is backing a campaign to challenge the stigma of poverty.
The Poverty Alliance has launched a Stick Your Labels campaign to challenge negative attitudes towards people experiencing poverty in Scotland.
It also aims to improve the understanding of the role of the welfare system.
Depute Council Leader and chair of the Tackling Poverty and Inequality Partnership Board, Councillor Jackie Burns, recently signed the Stick Your Labels Pledges on behalf of the council.
The council will also use Challenge Poverty Week, which this year takes place from October 19 to 23, to raise awareness of poverty issues among staff.
Work being done locally to tackle poverty will also be highlighted.
Councillor Burns said:“Challenging the stereotypes that surround people who are trying to deal with the issues of poverty and low income is something everyone should get behind.
Director of Poverty Alliance, Peter Kelly, said:“When we speak with people living in poverty, the one issue that almost everyone raises is feeling stigmatised or judged.
“This is why the Stick Your Labels Campaign is so important – we all have a role to play in tackling poverty and the stigma associated with low incomes.
“We are delighted that South Lanarkshire Council have signed the Stick Your Labels pledges, and have been impressed with their work to tackle negative attitudes.”