More than 90,000 children in Scotland live in “severe poverty”, according to a study by Save the Children (STC).
The charity has classified that just under 10% of the country’s one million youngsters as living in its worst poverty bracket.
It comprises children aged 15 or under living with two parents who bring home less than £7,000 a year after paying for housing costs.
The statistic is in the charity’s Living Below the Radar report.
STC’s findings, which were published on Tuesday, suggest that one third of children in severe poverty cannot afford play equipment such as a bike or a football, while a quarter miss out on going to toddler or play groups once a week.
The report also found that about 20% of the under-privileged youngsters cannot afford to celebrate occasions like Christmas or birthdays.