Date lodged: 31 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it records and reports on the disability poverty rate.
Answered by: Angela Constance 20 February 2017
The disability poverty rate is published each year in the ‘Poverty equality analysis’ and ‘Characteristics of poverty’ analysis on the poverty statistics pages of the Scottish Government website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/IncomePoverty. It is also subsequently published on the Equality Evidence Finder: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Equality/Equalities/DataGrid.
An individual is identified as being in relative poverty if they are living in a household whose total equivalised household income (including all earnings, benefits, pensions etc.) is below 60% of the UK median (middle) household income in that year.
Disability poverty rates are published showing both the proportion of people in a family with a disabled adult who are in relative poverty and the proportion of people in a family with a disabled child who are in poverty.
More information on the way in which poverty rates are calculated can be found in the Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland publication:http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/IncomePoverty