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Persistent poverty

Persistent poverty is a measure of whether families remain in relative poverty over several years.

This section presents information on persistent poverty in Scotland.

Latest statistics

Persistent Poverty in Scotland: 2010-2017 (published March 2019)

These statistics are based on the Understanding Society survey. They are currently being developed and have been published as ‘Experimental Statistics: data being developed’ to involve users and stakeholders in their development, and to build in quality and understanding at an early stage.

Persistent poverty estimates for Scotland up to 2009/10 were based on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The last publication from this source can be found here:

Persistent poverty in Scotland 2009/10 (published December 2012)


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