Social and Welfare

Rundown areaThis section gives information on Social and Welfare statistics, including statistics on


  • neighbourhood statistics;
  • social justice;
  • households, families and inviduals;
  • income and welfare, and;
  • equality.

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The Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. The information has been brought together on the Scottish Government Equality Evidence website. The evidence finder allows users to easily find this evidence by policy area and by equality characteristic.

Statistics Topic

Featured High Level Trend

Poverty in Scotland increased in 2012/13

Relative poverty in Scotland, Before Housing Costs (BHC), has increased to 16 per cent, a 2 percentage point increase on the previous year. In 2012/13 there were 820,000 people living in poverty, 110,000 more than the previous year.


While the rate of poverty increased for all groups, the largest increase was in the rate of child poverty. Relative child poverty (BHC), increased to 19 per cent in 2012/13, up from 15 per cent the previous year.


For more information see the Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2012/13 publication.