Unacceptable numbers of people living in poverty highlighted in new Scottish Government report
Jamie Livingstone Head of Oxfam Scotland
1st Jul 2014
The Scottish Government's "Poverty and Income Inequality" report, out today, reveals that the economic recovery is not making enough of a difference to the poorest, many of whom are facing a daily struggle to put food on the dinner table.
The increase in the number of people living in poverty in Scotland is deeply concerning with the rise amongst children particularly worrying.
For the first time, more working age adults living in poverty are in working households than out-of-work households. That means for too many people work does not represent a route out of poverty - that must change.
Oxfam is working hard to address poverty across the UK, including here in Scotland. We work with a range of community groups to tackle poverty, including emergency food aid providers.
Through our work we have seen the unacceptable levels of poverty that exists in one of the richest countries in the world and we call for Governments and politicians at all levels to urgently address the issues that are keeping people in poverty.