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Understanding Poverty

Understanding Poverty 

A widely accepted definition of poverty is:

"When a person's resources (mainly their material resources) are not sufficient to meet their minimum needs (including social participation)."

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - 2014


Poverty is a growing problem across the UK, with around 1 in 5 people in Scotland living in relative poverty (After Housing Costs) in the 2015-18. Poverty levels vary by area, and are higher for certain groups such as lone parents, disabled people and those from a minority ethnic background.

There is no single solution to tackle poverty. To effectively help individuals and families to move out of poverty requires a broad range of action.

The Scottish Government's Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan sets out the key drivers of poverty reduction, these are summarised in the diagram below:


 Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan