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Ethnicity based proportions and compositions of people in relative poverty: FOI release

Published: 5 Nov 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
5 Nov 2018
Ethnicity based proportions and compositions of people in relative poverty: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/02919
Date received: 8 October 2018  
Date responded: 1 November 2018
 
Information requested
 
1.   Associated tables – revised in May 2018” – Table Ch31 Ch32.
 
a.This Excel spreadsheet includes data on the relative poverty (below 60% of UK median income in the same year) by ethnic group – all people) (Table Ch31 Ch32) using the ethnic groups White – British, White – Other, and Minority Ethnic.
 
Is it possible to obtain data using the more specific ethnic categories used in the 2011 Census.
 
b.Is it possible to obtain this data by Local Authority, using the most specific ethnic categories available?
 
2.   Tables showing poverty rate, composition of those in poverty and numbers of those in poverty over time for various groups of the population” – Tables 4a, 4b, and 4c.
 
a.This Excel spreadsheet presents information on the percentage of people in poverty and severe poverty AHC by ethnic group, Scotland (Table 4a), the composition of people in poverty and severe poverty AHC by ethnic group, Scotland (Table 4b), and the number of people in poverty and severe poverty AHC by ethnic group, Scotland (Table 4c)using the ethnic groups White – British, White – Other, Asian or Asian British, and Other.
 
Is it possible to obtain data using the more specific ethnic categories used in the 2011 Census.
 
b.Is it possible to obtain this data by Local Authority, using the most specific ethnic categories available?
 
Response
 

I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. 

The reasons why we don’t have the information are explained below.

Reasons for not providing information
 

The Scottish Government does not have the information.

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because the poverty statistics come from a UK survey, which doesn’t have a large enough sample to produce meaningful ethnicity statistics at the level of local authorities.

For more detailed ethnicity breakdowns, there are few respondents in the survey for each year from Scotland. By pooling ten years of data we are able to produce a more detailed statistical breakdown, but unfortunately this is the limit of what we can do with the data we have.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

 

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