Multiple disadvantage in Scotland: secondary analysis of the Scottish Household Survey dataset

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Barnes, Matt; Lord, Chris
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 October 2012
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This study explores the scale of multiple disadvantage among Scottish households using data from the Scottish Household Survey. It found that:

  • 24,000 families experience severe, multiple disadvantage, including overcrowding, worklessness and poor health
  • Glasgow is the worst affected area with 1 in 10 families severely disadvantaged
  • Unmarried households with children are six times more likely to be severely disadvantaged than married households

Taking just an income-based approach to understanding poverty has come under increasing criticism, with multidimensional measures deemed to provide a fuller picture of disadvantage.This research helps to highlight the nature of disadvantage in Scotland and will contribute to better informed policy making at both a national and local level

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