A state of the nation report shows women, ethnic minorities and the disabled are still getting a raw deal in Scotland.
The authors of Is Scotland Fairer? – the country’s biggest study yet into equality and human rights – warn our nation’s inequalities aren’t going away.
Dr Lesley Sawers, of the Equality and Human Right Commission, said their report showed things are getting worse for some sectors of our society.
She added: “The inequalities this report reveals risk becoming entrenched for generations to come, creating a two-tier society at odds with how we see ourselves.”
Is Scotland Fairer? is published every three years and pulls together the best data available.
It will prove an important baseline to measure the impact Brexit will have on equality and human rights.
Here are some of the highlights of the latest report.
The proportion of undergraduate students from deprived backgrounds who entered university at full time first-degree level in 2016-17 was just over 14 per cent.
Pupils from the most deprived areas were five times more likely to be excluded from school than pupils from the least deprived areas.
The number of children in temporary accommodation increased by 16 per cent, from 5223 to 6041.
In 2012-14, the wealthiest 10 per cent owned 9.4 times more household wealth than the bottom 40 per cent, compared with 8.8 times more household wealth in 2010-12 .
In 2012-14, single-adult households – including adults who were lone parents, single working-age adults and single pensioners – accounted for 60 per cent of low-wealth households, but they only made up 40 per cent of the total Scottish population.
Females born between 2014 and 2016 in the most deprived areas could expect to live for 76.7 years, compared with 84.5 years for females born in the least deprived areas.
Males born in the most deprived areas could expect to live for 71.3 years, compared with 81.9 years for males born in the least deprived areas.