Scotland sees bigger fall in child poverty

Date: 10th February 2014
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

Child poverty fell in Scotland by 9.9% in the decade to 2012, compared with 5.7% in England, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported.

The title of the report is 'Referendum briefing: child poverty in Scotland' and considers what the future challenges are for poverty in Scotland, regardless of its constitutional future.

The report highlights that much of the improvement north and south of the border was among lone-parent families, owing to higher employment and tax credits.

However, the report also said Scotland's progress on tackling poverty in working families set it apart from England. Reduced poverty among children in working families in Scotland accounts for almost four percentage points of the overall fall, while in England the change has been minimal, according to the report.