Child poverty in Scotland

One in five of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty. In some areas over one in three children grow up in poverty. With Scotland’s undoubted wealth CPAG believes this is a scandal.There is no reason why our child poverty rates should be so much higher than in many other European countries. In Denmark and Norway less than 10% of children live in poverty, whilst Germany has a poverty rate of 15%.

Poverty remains one of the most serious problems facing children today. Its’ effects last a lifetime, negatively impacting on health, education, social and physical development and seriously harming future life chances and opportunities.

For information, facts and figures on the extent, nature and causes of poverty in Scotland please see our publication Poverty in Scotland 2014 - the independence referendum and beyond.