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Publication - Statistics Publication

Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2015-2016

Published: 16 Mar 2017
Part of:
Communities and third sector, Equality and rights

Estimate of the number and proportion of people living in poverty in Scotland in the period 2015 to 2016.

70 page PDF


70 page PDF


Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2015-2016
Annex 3: Where to Find More Information

70 page PDF


Annex 3: Where to Find More Information

Further analysis:

This publication contains the headline poverty and income inequality statistics.

Further analysis based on the FRS and HBAI datasets is published by the Scottish Government during the year at:

This provides further disaggregation of the headline statistics at sub-population level: poverty in urban and rural areas, poverty by disability, gender, and ethnicity, poverty by household tenure, household income distributions, income sources, savings and assets, and income inequality.

Additional analysis themes are based on the needs of users. If you have any suggestions for future analysis please email:

or phone 0131 244 7351

Scottish Government websites:

The poverty statistics website contains a range of analysis on poverty and information about what the Scottish Government is doing to reduce poverty and income inequality:

Scotland Performs website (for further information about the SG Solidarity Target and National Indicators)

Confidence limits surrounding Scotland poverty estimates:

For further information on all Scottish Government statistics

Scottish Government approach to tackling poverty

Local Authority level analysis and other geographies in Scotland:

The figures presented here are from a sample survey which limits the analysis possible at smaller geographical areas. A few analyses are published for areas below Scotland level ( e.g. poverty in rural and urban areas) however it is not possible to produce reliable estimates at Local Authority level from this source

Information at Local Authority level is available from alternative sources. These can be found at:

UK Government websites:

Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions

Households Below Average Income, Department for Work and Pensions (methodology and UK estimates)

UK Government action on child poverty


Email: Andrew White