About this study
This study reports on the characteristics and outcomes of young
children living in persistent poverty in Scotland.
Some important findings are that:
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The findings are based on analysis of the first four sweeps of the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) longitudinal survey. GUS tracks the lives of cohorts of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond, with the principal aim of providing information to support policy-making.
Potential policy impact
To tackle child poverty, particularly persistent poverty, policies need to recognise the complexity of disadvantages faced by many workless parents, including low education and skills, disability or complex childcare requirements.
The analysis defined children as income poor if the annual income of their household was below 60% of the median population household income, adjusted for household size and composition. Persistent poverty was defined as having experienced poverty in at least 3 of the past 4 years.