Poverty is a little less common, except for pensioners, in Scotland than in other parts of the UK.
It’s clearly still a disgrace that we have such levels of poverty in one of the world’s most affluent countries. We saw in the last budget, the lack of concern for the poor in the current UK government, in the recent budget, as they used wealth that could have reduced poverty to, instead, reduce taxation on middle and upper-earners.
That poverty is less common in Scotland seems due in large part to Scottish government initiatives. This has been confirmed in a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. See:
The role of the Scottish Government in combatting poverty has also been acknowledged in the UN report which made clear the ideological basis for increasing poverty in the UK. See:
New evidence of the Scottish Government’s continuing efforts to compensate for the worst of Tory austerity emerged today:
‘Pregnancy and Baby Payment applications open on Monday 10 December. The first Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payments will be made before Christmas. The payment will see eligible applicants receive £600 for their first child, £100 more than the DWP Sure Start Maternity Grant it replaces. This payment also provides £300 for all subsequent children – meaning there is no cap on the number of children it supports, unlike the current UK Government equivalent. In addition to the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, by summer 2019, two additional early years payments will be introduced. The first £250 payment will be made around the time a child starts nursery, to help with the costs of early learning and a further £250 when they start school.’
Notably, these benefits will be available to the parents of babies born in the last six months who already have a big brother or sister and had no support from the UK Government because they were not the first child.
A major factor in lower poverty rates is the availability of affordable housing. See this: