Title
ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Working Paper: Analysis Series No.5 Attitudes to the necessities of life in Scotland; can a UK poverty standard be applied in Scotland?
Description
This paper examines whether the population of Scotland would set a different poverty standard compared with the rest of the UK. It is based on the ‘necessities of life’ approach – a consensual or democratic measure of relative poverty. The measure is consensual in the sense that majority opinion is used to determine the set of items and activities which are regarded as necessities. The set of necessities is then used to assess individual living standards in order to identify individuals living in poverty. The purpose of this paper is to identify whether public opinions on necessities are the same in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK and hence whether it is appropriate to have a single UK standard. More generally, the paper explores how attitudes to necessities differ north and south of the border, and the possible reasons for this. Data on attitudes were collected through three closely-related sample surveys in 2011and 2012. The analysis suggests that Scots do not differ in their views about necessities so it is appropriate to use one standard for the whole of the UK. More generally, attitudes in Scotland are very similar to those for the rest of the UK on the great majority of items. Such differences as exist appear to stem from cultural or other forms of contextual difference, rather than from compositional differences.
Language
English
Co-author
Maria Gannon
Series number
5
Is this item peer reviewed?
No
Publisher
ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion Research Project, University of Bristol
Date of publication
08 January 2014
Number of pages
30
Place of publication
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/pse-research/pse-uk/results-analysis
Series title
PSE UK Analysis Series
Other reference
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/pse-research/pse-uk/
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
Harvard
Gannon, Maria (2014) ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Working Paper: Analysis Series No.5 Attitudes to the necessities of life in Scotland; can a UK poverty standard be applied in Scotland?. 5. http://www.poverty.ac.uk/pse-research/pse-uk/results-analysis: ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion Research Project, University of Bristol.
Vancouver
Gannon Maria. ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Working Paper: Analysis Series No.5 Attitudes to the necessities of life in Scotland; can a UK poverty standard be applied in Scotland?. 5. http://www.poverty.ac.uk/pse-research/pse-uk/results-analysis: ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion Research Project, University of Bristol; 2014.