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Poverty and housing

This section presents information on the links between poverty and housing in Scotland.

Latest analysis

Information on poverty by household tenure and the impact of housing costs on poverty for different groups of people is available here:

Poverty tables (latest addition July 2019)

Shifting the curve – This report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality contains discussion and recommendations on housing affordability for low income households. The report is available here:

Shifting the Curve (published January 2016)

Welfare reform has affected low income households and landlords. These include changes to Local Housing Allowance, the removal of the spare room subsidy, a cap on household benefits and the introduction of Universal Credit. 

Research and analysis considering the impact of changes to welfare reform affecting housing are available here:

Housing and Welfare reform


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