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Purpose Target: Solidarity (2007-2016)

 To increase overall income and the proportion of income earned by the three lowest income deciles as a group by 2017

Current Status
Between 2012 and 2013, total income received by Scottish households increased. Over this period the proportion of income received by those at the bottom of the income distribution increased from 14.1% to 14.4%.

Last Update: 3 July 2015

Solidarity

Why is this Purpose Target important?
What will influence this Purpose Target?
What is the Government's role?
How is Scotland performing?
Criteria for recent change
Further information

Why is this Purpose Target important?

The healthy development of our society depends on reducing inequalities and sharing the future benefits of growth among people and communities. Unlocking the economic potential of all individuals will support economic growth by increasing labour market participation and by removing the personal and social costs of poverty.

What will influence this Purpose Target?

Income inequality is influenced by several factors, including:

  • Accessibility of employment opportunities, especially for those on lower incomes
  • Opportunities for the lower-paid to improve their skills
  • Changes in the income differential between the lowest and highest paid occupations
  • Entitlement to, and take-up of, benefits

What is the Government's role?

The Government influences solidarity in a number of ways. These include:

  • Learning, skills and well-being: a focus on giving every child a strong start in life, as well as in school education, enabling them to gain the skills they need to succeed
  • Infrastructure development and place: a focus on investment that will improve Scottish transport connections to maximise employment opportunities
  • Equity: providing the opportunities - and incentives - for all to contribute to Scotland's sustainable economic growth. For example, by ensuring that support is available to improve the life chances of those most at risk
  • Effective government: to support local employability partnerships to help more people into work through delivery of effective services that meet their needs

How is Scotland performing?

Total income received by Scottish households increased every year from 1999 to 2013. Between 2012 and 2013 it increased from £88.8 billion to £90.8 billion (in 2013 prices).

During this period the proportion of income received by those at the bottom of the income distribution remained broadly unchanged. Between 2004/05 and 2012/13 the proportion of income received by those in the bottom three deciles remained at around 13% and 14%.

Real Gross Disposable Household Income - inflated by CPI (2013 prices), 1999-2013

Source: ONS Gross Disposable Household Income

Proportion of total equivalised income going to the bottom three income deciles, 1999-2014

Source: Department for Work and Pension's Family Resources Survey, Households Below Average Income datasets
The data for this chart is available at the bottom of the page.

Criteria for recent change

The evaluation is based on:

  • The position is improving if the share of income received by the lowest 3 deciles increases by 1 percentage point or more and the total income does not fall;
  • The position is worsening if the share of income received by the lowest 3 deciles falls by 1 percentage point or more or if total income falls;

The position is maintaining in any other case.

Further information

For information on general methodological approach, please click here.

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