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Poverty, wealth and income inequality in Scotland

This section gives information on Poverty, Personal Wealth, and Income Inequality in Scotland. It also provides information on social security statistics.

  • Poverty presents the latest official statistics on poverty in Scotland. There is a range of evidence which explores various aspects of poverty in more depth.

  • Personal Wealth presents the latest analysis of the ownership of personal wealth in Scotland.

  • Income Inequality presents the evidence on income inequality in Scotland and the Solidarity Target.

  • Social security statistics provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund and Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland.                                                              

Poverty, wealth and income inequality

Click on the links below to find information on

Poverty in Scotland                              Personal wealth in Scotland                    Income inequality in Scotland

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics         Discretionary Housing Payments            Social Security for Scotland 

Latest information

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2015/16 will be published on Thursday 16 March 2017.

At the same time new statistics on Persistent Poverty in Scotland will also be published. These will be classified as 'Experimental Statistics' meaning that they are in the testing phase and not yet fully developed.


Wealth and Assets in Scotland, 2006 to 2014 was published Tuesday 14th February 2017.

Wealth and Assets in Scotland, 2006 to 2014


Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2014/15 was published Tuesday 28 June 2016

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2014/15

You may also be interested in

  • Equality in Scotland presents evidence on poverty by the equality characteristics.
  • The SIMD presents evidence on deprivation by place.     

                         Equality in Scotland                                     Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation


You can browse our Publications lists for specific information.

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