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Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2008/09

DescriptionThis National Statistics publication presents annual estimates for the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland. The estimates are used to measure progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality.
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Official Print Publication DateMay 2010
Website Publication DateMay 20, 2010

NS logoPoverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2008/09

This publication presents annual estimates of the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland and the distribution of household income across Scotland. The estimates are used to monitor progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality. The data published for the first time here are for the financial year April 2008 to March 2009.

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Excel FileExcel versions of the tables in this report are available to download here.

Contents

1. Key points

2. Poverty - including child poverty, pensioner poverty, working age adult poverty and in-work poverty

3. Income inequality and the distribution of income - including the Scottish Government Solidarity Purpose Target

4. Annex 1 - tables

5. Annex 2 - frequently asked questions and further information

Key points

  • There was little change in overall levels of poverty and income inequality in Scotland between 2007/08 and 2008/09. However, there were some changes in the proportions of different age groups that were living in poverty.
  • The percentage of people in relative poverty (before housing costs) remained at 17 percent of the population between 2007/08 and 2008/09.
  • Over this period slight increases were recorded in two of the three indicators used to measure child poverty in Scotland. The third recorded a slight decrease.
  • The proportion of working age adults in relative poverty (before housing costs) increased from 15 to 16 percent, an increase of 30 thousand individuals.
  • There was a fall of 5 percentage points in the proportion of pensioners living in relative poverty (before housing costs), a reduction of 50 thousand individuals.

Figures presented here are from the Department for Work and Pensions' Family Resources Survey, Households Below Average Income dataset. Comparable UK income and poverty figures are published on the same day by DWP. See the DWP website for further details.

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/hbai.asp

Further analysis of these figures will be published on the Scottish Government income and poverty statistics website. This will include figures on the interaction between income, poverty, disability and housing tenure.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/IncomePoverty

Figures relating to the Scottish Government Solidarity Purpose Target will be updated on the Scotland Performs site shortly after publication.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms

Please note: All figures in this publication are rounded to the nearest 10,000 individuals or whole percentage point. In some cases calculations based on the unrounded figures do not match those based on the rounded ones.