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£250000000 Scotland per year

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This valuation details savings made if extra spending in deprived areas in Scotland became unnecessary
This paper considers evidence indicating the cost to the public purse of having one in five of Scotland’s million children in poverty. Its central aim is to give an idea how much public money would be saved by improving the economic situation of these children. It also considers how much we are spending on supporting children in poverty, how much more it would cost to lift them out of poverty through the benefits and tax credits system and what alternative means may be available to prevent poverty through early intervention or by helping parents into work. The figures show some services (especially housing and children’s social services)where there is a very strong skew of resources to more deprived individuals and areas. Less child poverty seems sure to reduce the need for spending on children’s social services; this is less clearly evident for housing. In education, the skew towards deprived areas and children is comparatively less, but since the overall cost of this service is so high, total potential savings are of a similar order to that of social services – around £125m for each of these two services based on deprived areas becoming like non-deprived areas, and potentially as much again if individual children in poverty outside deprived areas were helped to a comparable degree.
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Valuation Source: p.1, scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/210463/0055652.pdf Report Source: 'Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland- Approaches and Evidence.' scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/210463/0055652.pdf Reference: Scottish Government Datasource: 'Estimating the Cost of Child Poverty in Scotland- Approaches and Evidence.' scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/210463/0055652.pdf

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