Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2006

  • Published 4th Dec 2006
  • Authors: Guy Palmer, , Tom MacInnes, , Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

This report is an independent assessment of progress in eliminating poverty and reducing social exclusion in Scotland.

As well as low income, the report covers issues from work and education to health and housing.  As such, it covers both devolved and non-devolved responsibilities.  The analysis is built around a set of 46 indicators organised into four chapters.

The report provides an overall picture of what has happen to poverty and social exclusion in Scotland over the last decade.  Its findings include:

  • Poverty is falling among both children and pensioners but not among working-age adults.
  • Two-fifths of all children in poverty are in families already doing paid work.
  • Working-age poverty for those without children is higher than a decade ago despite fewer people being in workless households.
  • Scotland continues to endure substantial problems of ill-health.

This report provides an essential resource and guide for policymakers and others wanting to take stock of what is happening and seeking to understand the challenges that lie ahead.

It is complemented by a website ( which provides updates to the graphs and further analyses.  There are also separate reports available on Wales and Northern Ireland, and on the United Kingdom as a whole.

About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Guy Palmer, Tom MacInnes, and Peter Kenway. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.