Scottish poverty study calls on Governments to tackle rising deprivation

The percentage of households falling below society's minimum standard of living has increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.

In Scotland today, when we compare people's actual living standards with the minimum standards which the public thinks everyone should have, we find that:

  • almost one million people cannot afford adequate housing conditions
  • 800,000 people are too poor to engage in common social activities, and
  • over a quarter of a million children and adults aren't properly fed

The survey shows that people in Scotland have the same view of what the minimum standard of living should be as those in the rest of the UK.

Read the press release, available to download below, and visit the Conference area for copies of the presentations and findings.


Publication date: 
Sep 19 2014


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amazinglyso's picture

Apart from North East England, Scotland and Ireland, there are also quite a good many poor and disadvantaged benefit - dependent people in the south of England in Surrey, where the cost of living greater than 'north of the Watford gap' as Bryson once wrote his book on what it was like to live in the Midlands. Scotland however, as with some parts of northern Britain have already gone through the 2012-17 Universal Credit roll out, and experiencing the profound affect of new world poverty - yet to reach the rest of us. I have not always lived in Surrey, yet in both Scotland and Northern England in the past. There has always been the presence of severe deprivation and relative poverty wherever I have lived in the UK, just that it is oftentimes hidden and submerged beneath the glamorous shopping centres within towns and cities that are purposely constructed to disguise the very real presence of us marginalised. I live not far from some of the most wealthiest property tycoons in Surrey yet I live in supported housing on benefits and frequently have to manage the damming hostility I often feel towards those who are able to own their own home, drive a vehicle and have social and family communications/contacts. It is often taken for granted that if you live outside of northern Britain, that you are socially and financially secure according to media reports and national poverty consensus. Community housing projects and homelessness are in the plenty down here; isolated and stigmatized just as frequently as those who live in Scotland.

Yes, many British people who live abroad do not speak the language. In most countries the locals don`t like them either. I believe it to be incredibly rude to live in a country and make no effort to integrate. And that goes for whatever nationality you are and where you go to live.