Coun­cil sign the Stick Your La­bels pledges

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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