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Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2009/10

DescriptionThis 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.
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National Statistics BadgePoverty and income inequality in Scotland 2009-10

This publication presents annual estimates of the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland and the distribution of household income across Scotland. The estimates are used to monitor progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality. The data published for the first time here are for the financial year April 2009 to March 2010.

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Contents

Key indicators

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Poverty

Chapter 3: Income Inequality and the distribution of income

Chapter 4: Persistent poverty

Annex 1: Tables

Annex 2: Data Sources and Definitions

Annex 3: Where to find more information

Key indicators
  • There was little change in overall levels of poverty and income inequality in Scotland between 2008/09 and 2009/10. However, there were some changes in the proportions of different age groups that were living in poverty.
  • The percentage of people in relative poverty (before housing costs) remained at 17 percent of the population between 2008/09 and 2009/10.
  • Over this period slight decreases were recorded in all three of the indicators used to measure child poverty levels in Scotland.
  • In 2009/10 the proportion of working age adults in relative poverty (BHC) increased slightly but, after rounding, remained at 16 percent.
  • Between 2008/09 and 2009/10, the proportion of pensioners in relative poverty (before housing costs) increased by 1 percentage point to 17 percent. This follows a drop in this figure of 5 percentage points between 2007/08 and 2008/09.
  • A figure for pensioner material deprivation is included for the first time. 10 percent of over 65s in Scotland are materially deprived according to the new indicator.
  • New figures measuring persistent poverty are included for the first time. Between the periods of 1999-2002 and 2005-2008, the persistent poverty rate (before housing costs) in Scotland fell by 4 percentage points to 9 percent.

Please note: All figures in this publication are rounded to the nearest 10,000 individuals or whole percentage point. In some cases calculations based on the unrounded figures do not match those based on the rounded ones.