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Persistent poverty

Persistent poverty is a measure of whether families remain in relative poverty over several years.

This section presents information on persistent poverty in Scotland.

Latest statistics

New experimetal statistics on Persistent Poverty in Scotland are available here:

Persistent Poverty in Scotland: 2010-2015

These are new statistics based on the Understanding Society survey. They are currently being developed and have been published as ‘Experimental Statistics: data being developed’ to involve users and stakeholders in their development, and to build in quality and understanding at an early stage.


Persistent poverty estimates for Scotland up to 2009/10 were based on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The last publication from this source can be found here:

Persistent poverty in Scotland 2009/10 (published December 2012)


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