Attitudes to the 'necessities of life': would an independent Scotland set a different poverty standard to the rest of the UK?

Gannon, M. and Bailey, N. (2014) Attitudes to the 'necessities of life': would an independent Scotland set a different poverty standard to the rest of the UK? Social Policy and Society, 13(3), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.1017/S1474746414000165)

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Abstract

This article examines whether the population of Scotland would set a different poverty standard compared with the rest of the UK. It is based on research on a consensual or democratic poverty measure, defined by majority views of the items or activities which should be considered the ‘necessities of life’. The article explores whether majority opinions are the same in Scotland as in the rest of the UK. More generally, it explores how attitudes differ north and south of the border, and possible reasons for this. Data on attitudes were collected through three closely related surveys in 2011 and 2012. The analysis suggests that, in the early years at least, a more independent Scotland would be unlikely to set a different social minimum. On this topic, as on many others, attitudes in Scotland are very similar to those in the rest of the UK.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Professor Nick and Gannon, Ms Maria
Authors: Gannon, M., and Bailey, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Social Policy and Society
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1475-3073
ISSN (Online):1474-7464
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Social Policy and Society 13(3):321-336
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
504041Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom: the 2010 SurveyNick BaileyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/G035784/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES