Child poverty summary
Published on 31 March 2022. Next update: March 2023
The Child Poverty Act 2017 contains four income-based targets to reduce child poverty in Scotland by 2030. The charts show the interim and final targets and the latest poverty estimates and trends. Note that the dots and labels show single-year estimates and the lines show the three-year averages. Single-year estimates give the latest best estimates, and three-year averages show trends more accurately.
Due to data quality issues, only the persistent child poverty estimate was updated in 2022. We expect that all measures will be updated again in 2023.
The charts show that relative and absolute child poverty fell between 1994/95, when data collection began, and 2011/12. Since then, relative child poverty has been gradually increasing while absolute child poverty remained largely stable. Child material deprivation has been measured since 2004 and persistent poverty since 2010, neither with an obvious long-term trend. In the most recent period, persistent child poverty appears to have dropped slightly.
= low income relative to the rest of society
Combined low income and material deprivation
= unable to afford basic necessities
= low living standards relative to 2010/11
= in poverty for several years
More information and further child poverty analysis is available.