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Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016

Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ISBN: 9781788514477

The new experimental statistics on “Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016” provide estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics.

Executive Summary

This publication provides estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics.

The key findings are:

Children in Glasgow are more likely to live in families with limited resources compared with Scotland as a whole. Children in Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Shetland Islands and Moray are less likely to live in families with limited resources.

Children who live in households with a single parent, adults with a disability, at most one adult in employment, or three or more siblings, are more likely to have limited resources compared to Scotland as a whole. Children who live in families with two or more adults, or at least two adults in employment, are less likely to have limited resources.

Children are more likely to live in families with limited resources if they live in a rented property, or in the most deprived areas, compared with Scotland as a whole. Children are less likely to live in families with limited resources if they live in an accessible rural area, or if they live in the least deprived areas.

Background:

The measure looks at children in families that are in combined low income and material deprivation. Low income means household incomes below 70% of the Scottish median (middle) income after housing costs. Material deprivation means families are unable to afford three or more out of a list of 22 basic necessities. The list of necessities was developed for a Scottish context and is based on what the public agree is a basic necessity and what satisfies statistical requirements for a robust material deprivation measure.

The measure is similar to an already existing measure, the official statistics on “Children in combined low income and material deprivation”, which provide a national headline figure and are based on data from the Family Resources Survey. The methodologies between these two measure differ due to the different data sources. The purpose of the new measure is to provide local area breakdowns that haven’t been available previously.

These new statistics were published as experimental statistics. We are further developing the data and the methodology and welcome your feedback.

The figures were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.