​1 in 3 children still grow up in poverty in parts of Scotland

The End Child Poverty coalition, which Children 1st is part of, has published a new child poverty map covering Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Map of child poverty in ScotlandThe new figures reveal that poverty affects children in every part of Scotland, with as many as 34% of children still living in poverty in some local authority areas - compared to one in 10 in others.

Through the coalition we’re warning that as prices rise, low income families are finding it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials. We’re calling for urgent action to be taken at UK, Scottish and local government level, including a stop on the benefits freeze.

Commenting on the figures, Children 1st Chief Executive, Mary Glasgow, said: "These shocking figures bring into sharp focus the reality of life for too many children living in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

"Many of the families that we work with are struggling to meet the basic needs of their children with some being forced into making a choice between feeding their children or heating their homes.

"Growing up in poverty can have lifelong consequences for children and we must work to ensure that children’s right to an adequate standard of living is upheld."

View the child poverty map.