Child material deprivation

Percentage of children in combined material deprivation and low income after housing costs (below 70% of UK median income). Find out more about this indicator.

Find out more on how poverty in Scotland is measured, and how material deprivation is defined.

The proportion of children in low income and material deprivation was 13% in 2017-20, similar to the previous periods. The proportion of children in low income and material deprivation was 13% in 2017-20, similar to the previous periods.

Different age groups (0-4, 5-12, 13-19) show no consistent differences in how likely they are to be in combined low income and material deprivation.

An ethnicity breakdown is not available as a time series, because the ethnic composition in the weighted sample is not robust enough. However, the latest estimates published on the Open Data platform show that children in the “Asian or Asian British” and “Mixed, Black or Black British, and Other” groups were more likely to be in combined low income and material deprivation compared to children in the “White – British” and “White – Other” groups.

Children in households with disabled household members have been consistently more likely to be in combined low income and material deprivation compared to those in households where no-one is disabled.

Children who live with one parent only have consistently been more likely to be in combined low income and material deprivation compared to those living with two parents.

Data is available broken down by disability/no disability in household, lone parent/no lone parent in household, and age of child. These can be viewed on the Equality Evidence Finder.

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