Scotland

Concentrations of poor children

Key points

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Graph 1: By type of school

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Graph 2: By local authority

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows that, on average in 2006:

Pupils entitled to free school meals are those within families who receive Income Support (IS) or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (IBJSA).  Those within families who receive support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 may also be entitled.  Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.  Also entitled are children whose parents or carers receive Child Tax Credit, do not receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by the HM Revenue & Customs) of below 14,155 (in 2006).

The third graph shows how the proportion of local education primary schools which are in the fifth of schools with the highest proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals varies by local authority.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average of the latest three years.

The data source for both graphs is an annual survey of school meals, using the dataset underlying the Scottish Government's publications entitled School meals in Scotland.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  While the underlying data is sound, its relationship to other aspects of poverty and social exclusion is not immediately clear.

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