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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

Children in Families With Limited Resources Across Scotland 2014-2016 (published November 2017):

Summary report and data

Detailed methodology

Supplementary tables


The latest statistics on poverty and income inequality in Scotland can be found here (published March 2017):

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2015/16

Infographic summary


New statistics on Persistent Poverty in Scotland can be found here (published March 2017):

Persistent Poverty in Scotland: 2010-2015


The evaluation plan for the Access to Sanitary Products pilot in Aberdeen can be found here:



Additional poverty analysis published on 12 June 2017:

Slides from National and Local Poverty Event - 12 June 2017

Child Poverty in Scotland booklet

Discussion paper on the drivers of poverty

Public attitudes to poverty in Scotland

Cost of Living

Comparison of poverty in Scotland and the UK

Severe poverty in Scotland

Poverty Equality Analysis

Tables on the characteristics of poverty

Infographic factsheet - Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

Infographic factsheet - Child Poverty and Employment

Poverty in Scotland