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Report shows poverty still blights Scotland

Issue No. 2041

A quarter of Scottish children are growing up in poverty, according to a new report on poverty in Scotland.

John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, which helped compile the report, said, “Yes, poverty rates have fallen since the first Scottish parliament elections in 1999, but that is of little comfort to the 910,000 people, including nearly a quarter of a million children, still living in poverty.”

A lone parent with two children living on less than £186 a week, or a couple with two children with an income of £268, have less than £10 a day per person to cover food, fuel, clothes and any other bills such as replacing worn out household goods.

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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