Child poverty

Number of children poverty

One in five of Scotland's children is living in relative poverty, a level significantly higher than in many other European countries.

Child Poverty Action Group, Child poverty in Scotland [accessed February 2017]

Percentage of children in poverty

17% (160,000) of children in Scotland were living in relative poverty before housing costs in 2014/15, an increase from 14% the previous year. After housing costs, 22% of children (220,000) were living in relative poverty, the same as the previous year.

Scottish Government (June 2016) Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2014/15 [accessed February 2017]

Number of children in poverty by 2020

The most recent modelling (January 2014) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that up to 100,000 children will be pushed into poverty by 2020 with the proportion of children living in poverty in Scotland forecast to increase to 26.2% by 2020, after housing costs are taken into account.

See Appendix Table B2 Source [accessed February 2017]

Deprivation and teenage pregnancy

There is a strong correlation between deprivation and teenage pregnancy. In the under-20 age group, a teenage female living in one of the most deprived areas is five times as likely to experience a pregnancy as someone living in one of the least deprived.

NHS Scotland (July 2016) Teenage Pregnancy Year of conception ending 31 December 2014 [accessed February 2017]