Not really good news I know but persistent poverty in Scotland is the lowest in the UK

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I’m not watching but no doubt the Scottish mainstream media are all over the latest poverty statistics increases. I wonder if they’ll remember just which government is to blame. Here are three quotes from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in January 2017, to remind us how little the Scottish Government is responsible:

‘There is much that the Scottish Government is doing to reduce the impact of poverty and inequality and there is much in Scotland that can be celebrated and learned from.

 ‘The devolution of welfare powers should not obscure the continuing role of that Westminster plays in determining benefit spending in Scotland.’

‘Welfare claimants in Scotland have lost large sums already, and are set to lose further large sums. The devolution of welfare powers will not in itself alter this stark reality.’

See more on this at:

BBC Un-Reporting Scotland witter on about poverty and inequality for a whole week but still fail to keep up-to-date with research which lays the blame where it lies, on Westminster

However, there is some fairly good news in today’s release from the Scottish Government:

‘New experimental statistics have been published today showing the proportion of people living in persistent poverty in Scotland between 2010 and 2015. We know that spending brief periods with a low income can be less damaging than living in poverty over a number of years. The persistent poverty figures show the number of individuals living in poverty for 3 or more of the last 4 years.’

I’ve extracted the comparative figures for you:

‘Scotland generally had lower persistent poverty rates when compared with England, Northern Ireland and Wales, especially after housing costs.

‘Before housing costs the Scottish persistent poverty rate for all individuals in 2010 – 2015 (8 per cent) was slightly lower than in England (9 per cent), Northern Ireland (11 per cent) and Wales (10 per cent).’

‘After housing costs the difference was greater with the Scottish persistent poverty rate (9 per cent) below that of England (12 per cent), Northern Ireland (12 per cent) and Wales (12 per cent).’

 I’m not saying this is anything much to be proud of but is it evidence that at least the Scottish Government is trying? What’s more, the Scottish Government was able to predict this two years ago:

‘Worst UK cuts to hit Scotland by 2016 – report: The worst of the UK’s austerity cuts have yet to hit Scotland and will be felt in the next two years, ­according to a report. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the cuts will set the fight against poverty back a decade and hit the most vulnerable in society.’


10 thoughts on “Not really good news I know but persistent poverty in Scotland is the lowest in the UK

  1. broadbield March 16, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    OT – just noticed your “Scoop.It” link. It doesn’t seem to work with upper case “T” between the slashes – needs to be lower case, I think. It looks good though.


  2. Jomry March 17, 2017 / 9:02 am

    You should be able to make it an active (clickable) link which would get round any issue like this.


      • johnrobertson834 March 17, 2017 / 11:21 am

        How’s that? Wouldn’t allow in the title but did in ‘About’


  3. Jomry March 17, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Re the article- these are exactly the points which John Swinney could have used when asked about increase in child poverty this morning on GMS – though obviously the format of radio interview would not have allowed him to expand as you have done. An excellent resource.


  4. johnrobertson834 March 17, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I know but the SNP seem to be holding back on this kind of thing trying not to seem immature and competitive……like me


  5. jomry March 17, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Re link in header: If you send me a note of the WordPress theme you are using, I may be able to help with this.


  6. jomry March 18, 2017 / 2:44 am

    PS. Comment box has changed raw html code into link in previous post. Text for content box in sidebar widget should read “For a better overview of all the articles on this site, click [a href=””]HERE[/a] but you will need to substitute mark-up brackets ( ) for square brackets ( [ ] ) if you want to use it in comment box

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