Glasgow City Region

Child poverty across Glasgow City Region

Child Pov GCR trend

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In 2018/19, Glasgow had the highest percentage of children living in poverty among the eight local authorities of Glasgow City Region. The Glasgow rate of 28% was almost three times that in East Dunbartonshire (10.4%) or East Renfrewshire (10%). In all the other local authorities, percentages ranged between 16.9% (Renfrewshire) and 21.9% (West Dunbartonshire). 

Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, child poverty rates rose slightly in Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire. In all of the other local authorities of Glasgow City Region, rates dropped slightly. The trend over the 5 years from 2014/15 to 2018/19 has been rising rates of child poverty, with the steepest rise in Glasgow, the local authority with the highest rate initially.


The data for this graph come from End Child Poverty. Households are defined as living in poverty if their income is less than 60% of the UK median income. The methods of estimation have recently been updated, further detail can be found on the website.

These figures refer to children from ages 0-16 and to families living in poverty before housing costs are taken into account. The rates for all children and including housing costs would be higher, but this measure still allows us to compare the different cities.

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Poverty statistics often only include households with incomes below a poverty threshold (usually 60% of middle incomes). Recently the Scottish Government has published figures that consider other resources as well as income.

These measures are based on experimental statistics. These new experimental measures take into account resources as well as income. The measures report on children in families that cannot afford basic necessities (they live in material deprivation) as well as having a low income (70% of middle incomes).

This shows a somewhat different pattern of child poverty than the HMRC data. Figures in Glasgow remain highest in the region, at 43%. This is higher than the HMRC estimate, though the other local authorities have lower figures by this measurement. There may be some degree of measurement uncertainty, more information on this can be found on page 7 of the Scottish Government report.