What is life like for people experiencing poverty?

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Some aspects of financial wellbeing have improved for low-income
households in recent years, although the gap between low-income and high-income households remains marked. Exposure to the risk of fuel poverty is highly skewed by household income, with virtually all households with the lowest income experiencing
fuel poverty, in contrast to virtually none of the highest earning
households. For both adults and children, living on a low income is associated with lower levels of mental wellbeing. Similarly, it is associated with shorter lives and more years with ill health. It is problematic to ‘blame the poor’ for adverse health outcomes, with living on a low income sometimes being associated with more positive health behaviours – eg, lower levels of alcohol consumption. Living in a deprived area is generally associated with less neighbourhood satisfaction, although there is a slightly higher level of satisfaction with public transport services. Children from deprived areas are consistently reported to have poorer access to local opportunities for safe play and to participate in fewer activities, compared with children living beyond these areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoverty in Scotland 2011: Towards a More Equal Scotland
EditorsJohn H. McKendrick, Gerry Mooney, Peter Kelly, Gill Scott
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherChild Poverty Action Group
Number of pages20
Edition6th Revised
ISBN (Print)9781906076597
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • poverty
  • low-income households
  • life experiences
  • Scotland
  • savings


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