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Poverty and equality

This section presents information on the risk of poverty by the equality characteristics.

Latest Statistics

Poverty rates for a number of equality groups were included in the latest Poverty & Income Inequality in Scotland publication, published in March 2018. The equality characteristics are: gender, ethnic group, and disability.

In addition to this analysis, supplementary tables summarise the risk of poverty and severe poverty for different groups of the population: Overview of characteristics associated with poverty - tables (published April 2018)

Distributional Analysis

The Budget Process Review Group (BPRG) recommended that the Scottish Government ‘explore the feasibility of providing a distributional analysis, by equality characteristic, of the taxation, expenditure and social security proposals in the Budget’. This paper considers the models and data that could be used to conduct distributional analysis according to the BPRG’s recommendation. It concludes that such an analysis would be possible excepting breakdowns by certain equality characteristics. The paper is available here:

Distributional Analysis (published August 2018)

Equality Evidence Finder

The Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. The information has been brought together on the Scottish Government Equality Evidence website. The evidence finder allows users to easily find this evidence by policy area and by equality characteristic. The Evidence Finder is available here:

Equality Evidence Finder


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