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  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Poverty in Scotland 2021 report 

    Created: 07/10/2021

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Poverty in Scotland 2021 report shows the current state of poverty in Scotland. The report tells us that compared with people living in our least deprived communities, people in our most deprived communities are:

    • 18 times more likely to have a drug-related death;
    • more than four times more likely to have an alcohol-related death;
    • the rate of deaths by suicide is three times the rate in the least deprived areas; and
    • COVID-19 death rates are more than double those in the least deprived areas.

    Key recommendations highlighted in the report:

    • Without further action, the Scottish Government will miss the interim child poverty targets in April 2024.
    • The Scottish Child Payment must be doubled as soon as possible, but without urgent additional efforts, on social security or otherwise, the target will still be missed by around four percentage points.
    • The upcoming Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan must set out a clear and measurable course towards meeting those target.
    • It must include a far greater scale and pace of activity to support those most at risk of poverty, including single-parent families, families where someone is disabled and minority ethnic families.
    • Being in a household where no one is working is one of the biggest risk factors of being in poverty.
    • Support for people on low incomes is often fragmented and very difficult to access.
    • The UK Government must stop the cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit.


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