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Rural Poverty

This section presents information on poverty in rural locations in Scotland.

Poverty in Urban and Rural Scotland

Analysis on the risk of poverty by equality characteristics, including by gender, urban/rural residence, disability, ethnicity, household tenure is available here:

Analysis of risk of poverty by equality characteristics (published August 2016)

Poverty and Social Exclusion in Urban and Rural Scotland

The Poverty and Scotal Exclusion in Urban and Rural Scotland report presents an initial analysis of poverty and social exclusion in rural and urban areas of Scotland. It highlights similarities and differences, looking at broad rural/urban differences and at differences within the rural category between remote and accessible areas. It looks at poverty or material disadvantage but also presents a broader analysis across the range of social exclusion domains.

A Minimum Income Standard for Remote rural Scotland

The Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland report calculates how much it costs for people to live at a minimum acceptable standard in remote rural Scotland. It builds on research elsewhere in the UK on the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), which is based on the minimum budgets required by various types of household.

The report is available here: Minimum Income Stndard for Remote Rural Scotland

Data Sources

The report, Cost of Living Data Sources, discusses the data sources which can be used to examine the cost of living in urban and rural areas.

The Experience of Rural Poverty in Scotland: Qualitative Research with Organisations Working with People Experiencing Poverty in Rural Areas

EKOS Ltd was commissioned by the Scottish Government to carry out qualitative research to examine whether and how the experience of poverty is distinctive in rural Scotland. The work was undertaken to inform the development of Achieving Our Potential - A Framework for Tackling Poverty and Income Equality in Scotland (The Scottish Government, 2008). The report is available here:

The Experience of Rural Poverty in Scotland

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