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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

The latest statistics on poverty and income inequality in Scotland can be found here:

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2014/15


A summary report has also been published in partnership with the Poverty Truth Commission:

Poverty in Scotland

Infographic summary


A summary of poverty statistics can be found at the links below:

Summary of poverty in Scotland - 2014/15

Comparisons of poverty in Scotland and the UK - 2014/15


Further information on poverty rates for different groups of the population can be found here:

Published 12/08/2016

Poverty equality analysis - 2014/15

Characteristics of poverty - 2014/15

Poverty by family type and employment status - 2014/15

Poverty rates for single working age adults - 2014/15

Poverty in Scotland