Scottish extreme debt situation may be misrepresented by TUC

scottish-debt-misrepresented-890x500Is there less extreme debt in Scotland? Citizen researcher John Robertson investigates 

‘More than 1.5 million families are in extreme debt, according to a TUC/Unison report’ – BBC

‘Extreme poverty is becoming the norm in Scotland, report claims’ – The Herald

Regular readers will know that it is my mission to provide clarification of stories like those above from July, so that we judge more accurately the relevance of these reports to Scotland. I’ve been waiting on a regional breakdown of the data for some time now with no success. I did eventually get this response:

The Bank of England’s NMG survey provides for some regional analysis, although the sample sizes for each region vary considerably.  For example, there are 468 people in the survey from the East Midlands and 771 from Greater London.  Concerning the nations, there are around 450 from Scotland and 300 from Wales and Northern Ireland isn’t covered at all. As a result, we were not able to undertake any cross tabulations on a regional/ national basis.’

Read more here ….


Author :  Prof. John Robertson
Source :  Newsnet
Original Publication Date :  Sep 7, 2016
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