Children in Low Income Families across Glasgow Neighbourhoods

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For 2018/19, the average proportion of children in low income families in Glasgow was 27.8%, 9.6 percentage points higher than the Scottish average of 18.2%. The levels of children in low income families is higher than the Scottish average in the majority of Glasgow's neighbourhoods, although there were fifteen of Glasgow's neighbourhoods that had a level below the Scottish average. 

Levels of low income families within Glasgow neighbourhoods ranged from 2.7% in Carmunnock to 70.6% in Govanhill, with most neighbourhoods between 10% and 40%.

Comparing these estimates with previous years, the average in Glasgow rose more between 2017/18 and 2018/19 than it had over any other year since 2014/15. It was 6.3 percentage points higher in 2018/19 than it was in 2014/15. Pollockshields East and Govanhill have had the highest levels in the city through this period. The five neighbourhoods with the lowest levels (Carmunock, Kelvindale & Kelvinside, Cathcart & Simshill, Anniesland, Jordanhill & Whiteinch and Hyndland, Downahill & Partick East) have also been almost consistent, although their relative positions have changed each year.


The data for this graph were provided by HM Revenue & Customs and Department for Work and Pensions

The way that low income family statistics are calculated has been updated in 2020, with new estimates produced for each year from 2014/15 – 2018/19. The figures presented here are for children aged 0-16.

Previous calculations did not account for families claiming universal credit, only for families claiming legacy benefits. This missed a growing proportion of families in the UK. Those calculations also used child benefit data to estimate total child populations. This missed any families who did not claim child benefit. The new statistics include universal credit claimants and use mid-year population estimates. They are also calibrated against regional data and so are more consistent with the larger scale picture of low income families than previous estimates were.

These rates are estimates of the proportion of 0-15 year olds living in low income families. This means that, although they provide an indication of the approximate propensity for children to be living in low income families, there is a margin of uncertainty associated with the rates, as they are derived from estimates of children populations at mid-year and counts of children in low income based on age as at 31 March 2019.