In this report, Oxfam Scotland urges the Scottish Parliament to use its powers to reduce inequality and poverty, both at home in Scotland and abroad. Around one in five people in Scotland live in poverty, and recently there has been a large increase in the number of people needing emergency food support. Oxfam argues that this is not a problem of scarcity, but of unequal wealth distribution. The Scottish election in May 2016 presents an opportunity for Scottish political parties to make a firm commitment to tackling inequality in order to reduce poverty. Oxfam is asking all parties to take action in a number of areas, including decent work, hunger, climate change, participative government and international aid.
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