Young People, Equalities and Poverty

Inspiralba - Employability Support - Social Enterprise Scotland

About 240,000 children (24% of all children in Scotland), were estimated to have been living in poverty in 2020-2023 according to the Scotland’s official statistics on poverty and income inequality. The data suggests that children have a significantly higher risk of poverty than pensioners. Child poverty in Argyll and Bute, the second-largest council in Scotland, has increased to 21.7% from 18.9% in 2021–22. The percentage of children in low-income families in the area has also increased to 17.8% in 2021-22 (from 13.8% in 2020-21). This is higher than the Scottish Average of 15.9%.

There are several factors that are leading to this poverty. The economic inactivity in the area has increased to 24.3% compared to nationally seeing a slight increase 22.9%. A greater percentage in Argyll and Bute are also employed by low paid sectors, i.e., 32.5% compared to 28.7% nationally. So, the median wage in the area is lower than the national average. While nearly 70% of households in Argyll and Bute are at risk of fuel poverty, 46% of households in Argyll and Bute are said to be living in fuel poverty.

In addition to the many support mechanisms the government has put in place, InspirAlba is also making every effort to tackle the impact of poverty in Scotland’s rural areas partnering with multiple amazing organisations.

In December 2021, InspirAlba launched Spark Your Purpose, a program that offers pre-employment assistance to youths between the ages of 16 and 24. In April 2022, the program was extended to include individuals 25 and older. With funding from the Scottish Government, the Young Persons Guarantee, and No One Left Behind, the initiative is run with assistance from the Local Employability Partnership and Argyll and Bute Council.

Support includes everything (within the bounds of the law and health and safety) thought to spark interest and encourage participation in the program, such as help from a local coordinator (from one of the partner support organizations), looking into what interests and aspirations they may have, talking about possible opportunities, and more. Since December 2021, InspirAlba was able to support more than 264 young people across Argyll and Bute.

 

Browse the full power-point presentation here:

Young People, Equalities and Poverty May 2024

 

Watch the Spark Your Purpose video here.