Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2011-12

Publication type

Parliamentary Paper


  1. -

Publication date

June 13, 2013


This publication presents annual estimates of the percentage and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland, and the distribution of household income across Scotland. The estimates are used to monitor progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality. The data published for the first time here are for the financial year April 2011 to March 2012. The latest figures cover a period where the Scottish economy and wider UK economy were both showing little GDP growth and average earnings fell in real terms. These figures include the impact of some changes to benefits resulting from welfare reform, but precede the more significant changes implemented in April 2013.





p.33 "Data on Persistent Poverty has been obtained from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) … The BHPS has been subsumed into the larger Understanding Society survey from the start of 2009. These figures will be updated when the new data becomes available towards the end of 2013."



Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author


Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society


Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs


Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report


Key research themes and areas of interest