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Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland, 04/04/08 [S]

Scottish Government research into how much public money could be saved by eliminating child poverty. The paper considers how much we spend on supporting child poverty, how much more it would cost to to lift them out of poverty through the benefits and tax credits system and what alternative means may be able to prevent poverty through early intervention or by helping parents into work.

The paper estimates that the extra costs of services associated with child poverty is in the range of 1/2 - 3/4 billion. The longer term effects of under achievement at school as a result of child poverty, could add up to a further 1 billion.

Reducing child poverty using income transfers would cost approx. 4000 - 5000 per child (1 billion for all Scottish children in poverty). More cost effective solutions include measures that help parents get jobs and early intervention.

For full details read Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland - Approaches and Evidence which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland - Approaches and Evidence