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Child Poverty

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children were living in poverty in (a) Scotland and (b) Dunfermline and West Fife in each year since 1997. (89003)

The following table presents the number and proportion of children living in low- income households in Scotland from 1996-97 to 2004-05. The relative low-income measure compares against the median of the same year. The absolute measure compares against the median in the baseline year of 1996-97, uprated to remove the effects of inflation. Data are available at Scotland level only, not by constituency.

Figures are produced annually and estimates for 2005-06 are not yet available.

Proportion and number of children in low income households, below 60 per cent. of GB Median Income

Absolute

Relative

Before housing costs

After housing costs

Before Housing Costs

After Housing Costs

Percentage

Number (Thousand)

Percentage

Number (Thousand)

Percentage

Number (Thousand)

Percentage

Number (Thousand)

1996-97

29

320

33

370

29

320

33

370

1997-98

27

300

30

330

29

310

30

330

1998-99

25

270

29

310

27

290

30

320

1999-00

22

230

26

280

26

280

30

330

2000-01

18

190

21

220

24

250

29

310

2001-02

14

150

17

170

25

260

30

320

2002-03

13

130

16

170

23

240

26

280

2003-04

11

110

15

160

22

220

25

260

2004-05

10

100

13

130

19

190

23

240