A new campaign has been started in partnership with several large charities that warns of a ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ in Scotland being caused by extreme levels of poverty due to a range of issues including the current welfare reforms, rising energy bills, higher living costs whilst wages stagnate.

The Scotland’s Outlook campaign which is being run in partnership by Macmillan, Shelter Scotland, Oxfam, Alzheimer Scotland, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), has highlighted the following issues;

  • 870 000 people in Scotland still live in poverty
  • A fifth of children in Scotland are living below the breadline
  • A sixth of people living in Scotland unable to afford to heat their homes
  • Tax credits down £300m a year
  • Incapacity benefits down £500m a year
  • Working-age benefits increasing well below the rate of inflation
  • 1 in 5 children are officially living in poverty in 2014
  • 1 in 7 school children don’t have a winter coat
  • 1 in 3 children will miss out of basic school activities like going on a school trip
  • 65,000 more Scottish children will be pushed into poverty by 2020
  • Over a quarter of Scottish cancer patients can’t afford to adequately heat their homes in winter
  • 4 in 5 cancer patients are hit with an average cost of £420 a month as result of their illness
  • Over 500,000 people struggling with bad housing or homelessness are helped every year by Shelter Scotland
  • 39,827 homeless applications were recorded in Scotland in 2013
  • 60 children become homeless each day in Scotland
  • A boy born in a wealthy area of Scotland will live 14 years longer compared to a boy born in poverty.
  • Scotland’s richest households are 273 times wealthier than the poorest households.

Further to this data, End Child Poverty, have produced an interactive map highlighting the shocking poverty rates across the UK affecting children, which shows that in 2012 it was estimated that 14,506 children were living in poverty in Fife alone which is roughly 20% of youths in Fife.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation shows that in the Lochgelly area, almost 50% of the town is within the top 5%-10% of most deprived areas in Scotland.

The Index of Multiple Deprivation also shows that in Fife;

  • In SIMD 2012, 58 (5.9%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 51 (5.2%) in 2009, 47 (4.8%) in 2006 and 34 (3.5%) in 2004.
  • National share: On the income domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (6.7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 51 (5.2%) in 2009, 49 (5%) in 2006 and 43 (4.4%) in 2004.
  • National share: In the employment domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (6.7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 67 (6.9%) in 2009, 67 (6.9%) in 2006 and 49 (5%) in 2004.
  • National share: In the health domain in SIMD 2012, 15 (1.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 17 (1.7%) in 2009, 14 (1.4%) in 2006 and 15 (1.5%) in 2004
  • National share: In the education domain in SIMD 2012, 68 (7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 65 (6.7%) in 2009, 49 (5%) in 2006 and 48 (4.9%) in 2004.
  • National share: On the housing domain in SIMD 2012, 5 (0.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife.
  • National share: In the access domain in SIMD 2012, 60 (6.1%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 54 (5.5%) in 2009, 67 (6.9%) in 2006 and 43 (4.4%) in 2004.
  • National share: In the crime domain in SIMD 2012, 54 (5.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 69 (7.1%) in 2009 and 93 (9.5%) in 2006.

Further Information & Resources

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/SIMD
End Child Poverty: http://endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-area
Scotland’s Outlook: http://scotlandsoutlook.org/
Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics: http://www.sns.gov.uk/Simd/Simd.aspx
Photo Credit: James Willamor released under a Creative Commons Licence

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One Comment

  1. Equal rights for All.

    March 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Pretty grim reading. Good job we’re a hardy bunch! Makes you wonder what our Fife politicians have been doing all these years?!

    Funny how the poorest communities also get all the ‘yucky industry stuff’ dumped on them! Yet strange though, no matter how many open-cast quarries, petro-chemical plants, industrial wind-factories, land-fill sites, etc. we have, we never get any richer. Strange that.

    However, with so much poverty concentrated in one large area, at least we can really claim, that we’re all in it together!

    Spent a life-time fighting for equality, just to find ourselves going backwards. Shame on those who impose the rules.

    Would be nice also if they stopped dumping in our communities, there’s a lot of good folk trying to make a difference, and we keep coming up against the unfair ‘system.’

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