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Poverty in Scotland

This section presents evidence on poverty in Scotland. Different groups of the population may have different causes of poverty. The causes of poverty are not necessarily linear or direct - poverty tends to be the conflux of a number of events which combined result in household poverty. Some of these events are macro-economic events (such as availability of  employment with the hours and pay rates to lift individuals out of poverty), and some are related to equality characteristic (gender, ethnicity, disability).

The official poverty statistics and a range of evidence are presented. Use the links below to search for evidence.

Latest statistics

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2014-17
  • Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2014-17 will be published on 22 March 2018.
Children in Families With Limited Resources Across Scotland 2014-2016 (published November 2017)
The latest statistics on poverty and income inequality in Scotland can be found here (published March 2017)
New statistics on Persistent Poverty in Scotland can be found here (published March 2017)
The evaluation plan for the Access to Sanitary Products pilot in Aberdeen can be found here (published October 2017)
Additional poverty analysis (published on 12 June 2017)

Poverty in Scotland