Updated Scotland indicators

  • In receipt of tax credits:
    • first graph (over time): the number of working households who are in receipt of tax credits has doubled over the last decade.
    • second graph (by local authority): the proportion of the population in receipt of tax credits is lower in Aberdeen and Edinburgh than elsewhere.
    • third graph (compared with the UK): Scotland has a lower proportion of households who are in receipt of tax credits than most other regions in the UK.
  • Children in workless households:
    • first graph (over time): around 140,000 children live in workless households, similar to a decade ago. Two-thirds of them are in lone parent households.
    • second graph (by household type): almost half of all children of lone parents live in households which are workless. This compares to around one in twenty for children of couples.
    • third graph (compared with the UK): the proportion of children who are in workless households in Scotland is slightly lower than the UK average.
  • Work and disability:
    • third graph (shares): among those who are aged 25 to retirement and not working, around half are disabled.
  • Work and lone parents:
    • first graph (over time): 60% of lone parents are working, up from 50% a decade ago.
    • second graph (compared with the UK): around a fifth of lone parents in Scotland lack, but want, paid work, a similar proportion to the UK average.
  • Workless households:
    • first graph (over time by household type): single adult households – both with and without children – are much more likely to be workless than couple households.
    • second graph (shares by household type): three-fifths of all workless, working-age households are single adults without dependent children.