Poverty and Inequality
Inequality looks at society as a whole and measures the gap
between the richest and poorest. Reducing poverty alongside
inequality can support increased economic participation, improved
social cohesion and stronger communities.
The Scottish Government's Solidarity target makes the commitment
to increase the share of income received by the poorest 30% of the
population in Scotland by 2017. In 2009-10, these households
collectively received 13% of Scotland's income, whereas the richest
30% received over half.
The poorest 30% of the population contains:
Delivering solidarity will mean working in a joint national effort
to create the conditions for more and better paid jobs; to provide
the skills needed to participate and progress in the workforce; and
to remove the barriers that stand in the way of individuals
realising their full potential. It also means working to maximise
income for all so that everyone, including those who cannot enter
the labour market, are well supported by income maximisation
services and have a decent living standard.