Joseph Rowntree Foundation report: Poverty in Scotland 2019

‘Poverty in Scotland is rising, from an already unacceptably high level’ says the October 2019 report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

This report looks at the impact that governments have had on poverty in Scotland over the past 20 years and how this evidence can be used to inform policy development for the future.

The report finds:

  • Almost one in five people in Scotland live in poverty, and for children the situation is worse, with one in four in poverty
  • Social security can and must do more, particularly for people who cannot work due to illness or disability
  • Housing policy must be designed to make more of an impact and ensure that everyone can access housing that is secure and affordable.

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