This report underlines the importance of housing costs, alongside social security and work, in solving poverty in Scotland. Poverty in Scotland is rising, from an already unacceptably high level. More people are facing situations where they cannot afford the basics nor play a full role in society. Almost one in five people in Scotland live in poverty, and for children the situation is worse, with one in four in poverty. We need to open up routes out of poverty and try to prevent more people from being trapped in this situation.
This report shows the range of tools government has for solving poverty. New analysis shows the key role of housing in people’s lives, and how types of housing, and the lower cost of housing in particular in the social rented sector, mean that poverty is significantly lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK overall.
The Poverty in Scotland 2019 is complementary to the Poverty in Scotland 2018 report which can be found here: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/poverty-scotland-2018