Tackling in-work poverty: Make it your business

Since November 2013 the numbers of people who are in work and experiencing poverty is now greater than those out of work and in poverty. (Source: ACAS)

Big Lottery Fund ScotlandWelfare reform changes in the UK will affect your business, your employees and their families. People who are struggling financially are more likely to see negative impacts to their general health and wellbeing and their productivity will be adversely affected. Employers have a duty of care to their employees.

Business in the Community Scotland's Tackling In-Work Poverty programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, raised awareness amongst businesses throughout Scotland of welfare reform and the potential impacts over a 12 month period.

Beyond Pay: an Inquiry into improving low-income employment 

Based on findings from a Business in the Community inquiry supported by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Beyond Pay calls on employers to take concerted action to improve low-paid employment.

The report calls on business leaders to develop a strategic approach to improving low-income employment, identifying immediate and long-term goals that respond to the increases in poverty, low productivity rates and growing skills shortages that the UK sees today.

It identifies six key areas for business action to improve low-income employment, going beyond pay alone. Case studies and practical examples of businesses taking action across these six areas are given in the report.

How can we help you?

We have a number of resources on this issue, including an employer toolkit, information for employees and guides.  Click on the links below to download resources.

Employer toolkit

Information for employees

Further information and research

To find out more about how we can help you, contact James Tindell, Senior Programme Manger, Business in the Community Scotland n  0131 451 1100 or by email: james.tindell@bitc.org.uk.