Scottish Liberal Democrats have today urged the SNP Government to make a transformational investment in education and mental health after new statistics showed poverty on the rise.
Official figures published today show:
- Over the three-year period 2015-18, one in five people in Scotland, or 1.03 million people each year, were in relative poverty after housing costs. This shows a slight increase compared to 2014-17 (19 percent, 1 million people).
- Over the four-year period 2013-2017, 11 percent of people in Scotland were in persistent poverty after housing costs. This compares to 10 percent in 2012-2016.
- In 2015-18, 24 percent of children in Scotland, 240,000 children each year, were living in relative poverty after housing costs, the same proportion but a larger number than in the previous period (24 percent, 230,000 children).
- Of those children in relative poverty, almost two thirds (65 percent) were living in a household where at least one adult was in paid employment.
Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:
"It is scandalous that a million people in Scotland, including almost one in four children, are living in poverty.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that everyone should be able to rely on well-paying jobs and good public services to support themselves and their families. This is plainly not the case for everybody in Scotland.
“That’s why we are demanding the Scottish Government invest in education and mental health to ensure that everyone can fulfil their potential and be part of a high-skill, high-wage economy. These statistics also show that the Conservative Government must abandon its harsh cuts to social security which have hit the poorest the hardest.”