How is the cost-of-living crisis affecting children and young people?

Date: 17th January 2023
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

'Survey' animation

A survey of over 1,000 children and young people across Scotland asked questions about their electricity use, access to food and mental health. Over 70% of young people said they are concerned about the financial pressures on their parents, guardians or carers. Subsequently, a Cost Crisis Hub on has been launched. This includes information on priority topics highlighted by children and young people which includes money-saving opportunities, financial information and tips on looking after mental health.

Over 80% of young people said they had noticed a change in how their homes are heated, with 83% now more aware of how much electricity they use. Young people also highlighted the effect the increase in the cost of living is having on their health with 33% not currently feeling good about their physical health and well-being.