Publication - Statistics

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2010/11

Published: 14 Jun 2012

This National Statistics publication presents annual estimates for the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland. The estimates are used to measure progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality.

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2010/11
Annex 3: Where to find more information

Annex 3: Where to find more information

Scottish Government websites:

Income and Poverty statistics website

Scotland Performs website (for further information about the SG Solidarity Target and National Indicators)

Uses of the data: In response to the UK Statistics Authority's (UKSA) report the Scottish Government were required to identify and document the ways in which these statistics are used. More information on this can be found via the following link:

Scottish Government Tackling Poverty website includes information about what they Scottish Government is doing to reduce poverty and income inequality.

Confidence limits surrounding Scotland poverty estimates:

High Level Summary of Statistics (Social and Welfare)

For further information on all Scottish Government statistics

UK Government websites:

Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions

Households Below Average Income, Department for Work and Pensions (methodology and UK estimates)

UK Government action on child poverty

Local Authority level analysis and other geographies in Scotland

The figures presented here are from a sample survey which limits the analysis possible at smaller geographical areas. A few analyses are published for areas below Scotland level, (e.g. poverty in rural and urban areas and in deprived areas), however it is not possible to produce reliable estimates at Local Authority level from this source. Estimates of poverty in rural and urban areas and in deprived areas will be updated on the income and poverty statistics website soon after publication of this report.

The Scottish Government are aware of the demand for Local Authority (LA) level poverty figures and are carrying out work to improve the quality of income information recorded by the Scottish Household Survey with the aim of producing LA level estimates. Initial estimates were published from this work in August 2010 and are classified as "data being developed" because they are undergoing quality assurance work and are published for the purpose of helping in this QA work and should not be treated as official statistics. For further detail and to comment on these data, see the Relative poverty across Scottish local authorities publication or contact the income and poverty statistics team on 0131 244 0794 or

On the income and poverty website there is also a data sources and suitability page which discusses some of the main data sources available to researchers interested in income and poverty in Scotland and their strengths and weaknesses. This discusses some of the indicators which are currently available at local authority level to find out about income and poverty in Scotland.

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

This is a National Statistics publication. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards as set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from political interference.

Further information about National Statistics can be viewed on the Scottish Government Statistics website at:

Contact details

Anne MacDonald, Martin Macfie and Leigh Rafferty - Income and poverty statistics

Telephone - 0131 244 0034

Release date and next update

These figures were published on the 14th June 2012. They are due to be updated in May/June 2013.


The Scottish Government Social Justice Analysis team produced this publication and would be delighted to hear your comments or suggestions about how these figures could be made more useful to you. Please email or phone 0131 244 0794.

Complaints and suggestions

If you are not satisfied with our service, please write to the Chief Statistician, Mr Roger Halliday, 4N05, St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, Telephone: (0131) 244 0302, e-mail We also welcome any comments or suggestions that would help us to improve our standards of service.


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