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S5W-07685: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much incomes will need to increase by in each income decile in order to meet the relative and absolute poverty targets of 10% and 5%.

Answered by: Angela Constance 14 March 2017

In order for a child to move out of poverty their household income must rise above the poverty threshold. The increase in income required to do this depends on the poverty threshold which varies each year.

The amount of income required also varies between households and so there is no single amount by which income would have to increase in each income decile.

Given that the target rate is above zero it would also depend on which households moved out of poverty and which remained in poverty

It would be possible to estimate the average amount of income a household in poverty would require to move above the poverty threshold in the latest year for which statistics are available (currently 2014-15). It would further be possible to break this down by decile. Households in higher deciles will already be above the poverty threshold.