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This briefing looks at the scale and distribution of child poverty in Scotland. Almost one in four children in Scotland were living in relative poverty in Scotland in 2017/18. Current levels of child poverty are not inevitable: they have changed over time in both Britain and Scotland. Projections of child poverty levels in Scotland suggest these are likely to increase unless concerted action is taken.

You may also find our guidance paper on concepts and definitions of poverty, low income and economic disadvantage useful. 


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