Fife Child Poverty Action Report June 2019

Around one in five children live in low income families in Fife and too many children are not ready to learn when they start school. Many people in Fife are unable to manage financially; more than a third of residents live in fuel poverty and around 24,000 residents are unsure about how they can pay for food.

Fife Council, NHS Fife and partners have developed the Fife Child Poverty Action Report to consider the delivery of existing child poverty measures and outline new actions that seek to create a step-change in efforts to tackle this persistent issue.

The report focuses on the three drivers of child poverty, as set out by the Scottish Government: income from employment, cost of living, and income from social security and benefits in kind.

Read the full report here.

Fife Findings: Child Poverty levels for Wards and Parliamentary Constituencies

The End Child Poverty coalition has just published a new interactive child poverty map covering Scotland and the rest of the UK, The local child poverty estimates are broken down by local authority, parliamentary constituency and ward.

The new figures reveal poverty affects children in every part of Scotland, with as many as 34% of children still living in poverty in Glasgow compared to 9% of children in Shetland. Read More

Fife Findings: Children in families with limited resources 2014-16

New data from the Scottish Government on “Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016” provides estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics. This was collected via the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) over three years, 2014 to 2016. Read More

Basic Income

1. This report is intended as a background paper to support local discussions in Fife around basic income.
2. It has been informed through collaborative discussions over the last year with-:
• International experts through BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)
• Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland
• Glasgow and North Ayrshire Councils
• The Scottish Government Read More

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) statistics show that there were 491,760 CTR recipients in Scotland in March 2017; that’s around one-fifth of chargeable dwellings. The total number of CTR recipients in Scotland has gradually decreased by 11 per cent between the beginning of the scheme in Scotland in April 2013, and March 2017. Read More