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210,000 children in relative poverty, 25/06/15 [S]

New figures which reveal 210,000 children are living in relative poverty in Scotland after housing costs have been paid, have been condemned as ‘unacceptable’ by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil.

The latest Poverty in Scotland statistics showed that, after housing costs, 22 per cent of children in Scotland were faced with relative poverty in 2013/14.

Before housing costs, child poverty fell to 14 per cent in 2013/14, a total of 140,000 children. But there was no change in child poverty rates after housing costs, leaving one in five children still in poverty.

A household is described as living in relative poverty when its income is below 60 per cent of the UK median income.

The report also indicates that, after housing costs, 140,000 children were living in combined low income and material deprivation in that period, which was 20,000 more than the previous year.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

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210,000 children in relative poverty