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Severe Poverty in Scotland

Severe poverty is a measure of the depth of poverty. Poverty is experienced very differently by individuals and households across Scotland, for a variety of reasons. One key difference relates to the depth of poverty people experience.

This section presents the latest information on severe poverty.

Latest statistics

The latest statistics on severe poverty in Scotland can be found here:

Severe Poverty in Scotland 2014/15 (published August 2016)

A summary table of the characteristics of people in severe poverty can be found here:

Characteristics associated with poverty (published June 2017)

A detailed report on the depth of poverty and key characteristics of severe and extreme poverty can be found here:

Severe Poverty in Scotland (published March 2015)


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