An independent adviser’s report has found kids who start out in poverty are unlikely to be able to get out of it.
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Children born into poverty carry the disadvantage for life, a study has warned.
The report from independent poverty adviser Naomi Eisenstadt says the problem has persisted, despite efforts to tackle it.
And it advises that the Scottish and UK governments need to do more to improve young people’s prospects.
Eisenstadt sets out a total of 18 recommendations with a major focus on education.
She found some reasons to be “optimistic”, including record low youth unemployment.
But she warned young people continue to have their prospects – including health, education and jobs – influenced for life by their background.
Eisenstadt said: “The persistence of the social class gradient is deeply worrying.
“The fundamental fact remains that life outcomes are largely determined by the wealth and social class of one’s parents at birth.
“This applies across the social spectrum, not only to the richest and poorest of families.
“It represents not just unfairness but also significant waste of talent and opportunity for the economy and social cohesion of Scotland.”
Much of the report’s criticism was aimed at policies controlled by the UK Tory Government, including disgraceful zero-hours contracts and the refusal to pay the “national living wage” to anyone under 25.