Life in low income families in Scotland: research report

John H. McKendrick, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Kathyrn Backett-Milburn

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Child poverty is at the heart of the UK and Scottish Governments’ agendas (Bradshaw 2001; Department of Health 1999). In 1999, Prime Minister Blair announced that it was to be the government’s mission to eradicate child poverty by 2020, to half it by 2010 and to reduce it by one quarter by 2004. The political context of a devolved Scotland (in which responsibility for some poverty-related matters is devolved), the subtlety of variation in political priorities that results (such as the greater emphasis on social inclusion in Scotland – Scottish Executive 1999; The Scottish Parliament Information Centre 2000) and a quantitatively and qualitatively different experience of poverty in Scotland (Brown et al. 2002), necessitate a Scottish-level analysis of poverty. Nevertheless, it should be acknowledged that responsibility for most of the economic factors which would tackle child poverty are reserved at Westminster.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Executive Social Research
Commissioning bodyScottish Executive
Number of pages82
ISBN (Print)0-7559-3588-8
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • poverty
  • children
  • families
  • Scotland


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