Poverty in Scotland 2023: Event
Launch of our independent, annual state of the nation report which sets out the nature and scale of poverty in Scotland.
Is work working? For many, work is a source of identity as much as it’s a source of income. People take great pride in the work they do but for too many it gives too little in return. The rise of in-work poverty has defined the labour market since the turn of the last decade. A previously steady rise had accelerated, and a tipping point was passed recently (2018-22) that saw as many people in poverty in working families than workless ones. The trend has undermined attempts to reduce poverty in Scotland and left many in work feeling hopeless about the potential to thrive. If this is the result of our labour market, it’s time for a new one.
This year’s Challenge Poverty Week event from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation covered the current state of poverty in Scotland, including progress towards meeting the Scottish Child Poverty targets, and the role of work in reducing poverty. It focused on drivers of in-work poverty in Scotland, including inequalities in the labour market, pay, hours and high costs. It highlighted the need for immediate action across the Scottish economy, as well as highlighting different policy and practice needs within five high-priority industries. It also addressed the role of factors external to the labour market, particularly high, and rising, costs.