Equality Evidence Finder

The Equality Evidence Finder brings together the equality evidence published by the Scottish Government and its agencies.  You can use it to find evidence by policy area and equality characteristic.  Following a user survey in 2017, the Equality Evidence Finder has moved to a more modern, user-friendly website.

Click here to view the Equality Evidence Finder

Over the coming months, the Scottish Government’s Equality Evidence Finder Team will be continuing to develop the site and adding more content, including more data visualisations.  Please email your comments or suggestions for improvements to social-justice-analysis@gov.scot

Local Economic Profiles 2018

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 required all 32 community planning partnerships in Scotland to prepare a local outcome improvement plan during 2017.   There is also a requirement to produce at least one locality plan targeting areas of greatest need.

As part of the Local Community Planning process, Local Economic Profiles for each of the 7 areas in Fife have been published and can be accessed by clicking on the links below.  These profiles provide key economic statistics on employment, business activity, tourism, town centres, earnings and qualifications and skills to inform this process.

North East Fife
South West Fife


Scottish Household Survey 2017 Local Authority Tables

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2017 Local Authority Tables were published on 30 October 2018. These contain Local Authority level analysis that matches as closely as possible to the tables and charts that were published in September 2018 at National level in the SHS 2017 Annual Report. The Local Authority Tables can be accessed in either Excel or PDF format.

For the first time, a prototype interactive web-based dashboard has also been published, for now containing only data on Local Authority Performance.

Additionally, a prototype infographic Local Authority report for Fife has been produced.

The SHS Team are seeking feedback on this. Please have a look and email any comments to shs@gov.scot

An analysis and commentary on a range of local authority tables related to housing has also been published.

Questionnaires and technical reports can be accessed from the main SHS Publications page.

Contact: shs@gov.scot

Expected Impact of Welfare Reform Changes for Fife by 2020

Significant amounts of money have been, and are being, lost to local people and the local
economy each year as a result of UK welfare benefit changes. The expected loss to the Fife
economy is estimated at around £153 million, per year, by 2020. That means that, on
average, each adult of working age will have around £655 less in their pocket each year.
The geographical impact of the changes is uneven, with poorer communities more likely to
be affected. The full impact of welfare reform changes has yet to be fully seen in Fife with
some reforms yet to be implemented.

This briefing highlights the expected impact for Fife:

Expected Impact of Welfare Reform Changes

Local Strategic Assessments 2018

Local Strategic Assessments 2018 for each of the 7 areas in Fife are available by clicking on the links below.

They provide an overview of new and updated local research and evidence relating to the 7 local areas, to help to inform the refresh of local community plans.

City of Dunfermline
North East Fife
South West Fife

A Healthier Future – Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

The Scottish Government’s vision set out in A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan is for a Scotland where everyone eats well and has a healthy weight. As announced by the First Minister in May 2018, the delivery plan includes a guiding ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030. This a bold but necessary ambition to ensure that more of our children have a healthy weight, and avoid health complications later in life. Download the report here.