Rise in low income Scots households

One third of all children in Scotland are living in low-income
households, according to a new report.

The Poverty in Scotland 2002 report, compiled by the Child
Poverty Action Group in Scotland, Scottish Poverty Information Unit
and Open University, says that efforts to tackle the problem north
of the border have stalled.

Last year, 32 per cent of children in Scotland were living in
households where the income fell below the 50 per cent average
threshold, up from 29 per cent in 1999-2000.

Gill Scott, director of the SPIU, said: “Poverty in Scotland
remains at disturbingly high levels. However, the government’s
recognition of the issue must be welcomed.”

Danny Phillips, head of CPAG in Scotland, said: “It is unacceptable
that in a rich nation such as Scotland so many children enter the
cycle of poverty into adulthood.”

– Poverty in Scotland from www.cpag.org.uk/cro/scotland.htm

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