Poverty in Scotland 2018

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McCormick, Jim; Congreve, Emma
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
2 October 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This research highlights upcoming Scottish Government labour market strategies that have the potential to transform the lives of many families in poverty. It calls for strong alignment and action from both government and business.

Key findings:

  • Barriers to the labour market due to disability, ill health and childcare responsibilities remain prevalent characteristics of child poverty, despite improvements over the last two decades.
  • Two in five children in poverty have a reported disability or ill health in the family, with many of these children having no parents in work.
  • On average, the majority of children in poverty do have at least one adult in work and in many cases, parents are working all the hours expected of them by the social security system.

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