Scotland's poorest people are missing out on vital help intended to target them, researchers revealed today.
A report from Heriot-Watt University said disabled people, minority ethnic groups, lone parents and older people if they suffer from high levels of poverty but do not live in the poorest communities.
The researchers also found people living in the poorest areas can miss out on help if the reasons for their poverty differe from those around them.
A disabled person may be excluded from the labour market because of they need specific support with transport, for instance.
The research was conducted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, whose Scotland commissioner Kaliani Lyle said: "Much of the government's strategy to tackle the scourge of poverty in Scotland is a concentration on the poorest 15 per cent of areas.
"What we need is a more nuanced approach which takes into account the fact that some of our poorest people don't live in our poorest areas."