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Two in five children ‘will be mired in poverty by 2028’

New research predicts soaring levels of disadvantage in Scotland, as a parliamentary inquiry hears from the families and schools bearing the brunt

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A new analysis of child poverty data has been conducted that will have profound implications for many thousands of pupils – and the teachers tasked with offsetting the devastating effects of poverty.

The findings, by Howard Reed, of Landman Economics, and Graham Stark, of Virtual Worlds Research, are, they say, “without historical precedent” since comparable data was first published in 1994-95.

Relative child poverty, once housing costs are factored in, was already at 26.5 per cent of children in Scotland in 2015-16. But the analysis by Reed and Stark for the Scottish government finds that, ...

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