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Severe Poverty in Scotland

Severe Poverty in Scotland

Monday, March 16, 2015

ISBN: 9781785441875

This report investigates the extent of severe and extreme poverty and how it has changed over time for different population groups, in the context of a decade when relative poverty has been falling in Scotland.

Executive Summary

In 2012/13, of the 820,000 individuals (16% of the population) in relative poverty, 510,000 individuals (10% of the population) were living in severe poverty, and 230,000 individuals (4% of the population) were living in extreme poverty.

Factoring in housing costs makes the considerable extent of severe and extreme poverty still more evident. In 2012/13, 710,000 individuals (14 per cent) were living in severe poverty after housing costs (AHC, and 500,000 (10 per cent) were living in extreme poverty after housing costs.

Looking over the last decade, although relative poverty has fallen (despite a rise in the most recent year) a greater proportion of households in poverty are now in severe or extreme low income.