March 16, 2017
• Child poverty up to 4 million across the UK
• Key driver is UK government cuts to family benefits, say campaigners
Campaigners today urged the Scottish Government to redouble its efforts and use all the powers at its disposal to boost family incomes as official figures revealed that over 1 in 4 children in Scotland are now living in poverty. (1) Across the UK, child poverty jumped to 4 million. (2)
The latest statistics show that 260,000 children (26%) are living in poverty in Scotland compared to 220,000 (22%) in the previous year.