Maps for Fife and for each of the 7 areas showing the overall most deprived are available to download -:
The Scottish Government launched its latest Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) –SIMD20 – on 28 January 2020. It ranks datazones (some 700 people on average) across Scotland from 1 (most deprived) to 6976 (least deprived). As an index, it measures relative not absolute deprivation (i.e. how multiple deprivation compares between datazones, rather than how much deprivation is in each) across small areas in Scotland.
A KnowFife briefing summarising the SIMD 2020 picture in Fife is available here.
Click the area name to access KnowFife Area Briefings. These provide details of how SIMD has changed throughout Fife since the 2016 SIMD alongside detailed information for the datazones within the Local Area Committee/Locality Area:
A creative SIMD comic published by Scottish Government 2020 illustrates ‘A Place in Time’ using Leven and Buckhaven as examples to illustrate and demonstrate SIMD application. This comic is an output from the project ‘ Visualising Inequalities and can be accessed here.
Following on from Challenge Poverty Week in 2018, Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) and Fife Council’s Research Team undertook joint research to better understand the barriers experienced by people of protected characteristics that are affected by poverty. You may have attended the event and contributed? See the full report here.
Where do we live in Fife? What areas have a higher population density? Is there a difference in distribution of age groups in different areas of Fife? How fast are the older age groups increasing? Are we seeing the same pattern throughout Fife? Which older age group has increased the most?
See the infographic here to answer all these questions and more.
Two links have been added to our Knowledge Resources today –
Local child poverty dashboard of indicators
This dashboard provides a selection of data available at local authority level that can be used to monitor child poverty and its drivers locally. The indicators presented in this dashboard cannot measure child poverty directly in the same way as the indicators used for the national child poverty targets set out in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017. Data to inform the national targets are from the Family Resources Survey and Understanding Society, which can only provide statistics at Scotland level.
The content of this dashboard does not aim to provide a complete picture of the issue of child poverty locally. It offers an example of publicly available data that can help understand the local context for child poverty and its drivers. Other relevant information is available to local authorities and health boards through local sources, including research and operational information on service delivery.
Local financial vulnerability dashboard
The dashboard is an example of locally available data that can be used to monitor financial vulnerability.
Both resources are available via the KnowFife Hub Learning and Resources page. Some NHS Fife users have had an issue with the drop down box not appearing to select geography on the dashboards. If this is an issue for you please just type the Local Authority name.
Poverty in Scotland report published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows poverty in Scotland is rising, from an already unacceptably high level. More people are facing situations where they cannot afford the basics nor play a full role in society. Almost one in five people in Scotland live in poverty, and for children the situation is worse, with one in four in poverty.
Read the full report here
Please note the data reported on child poverty differs from our HMRC sourced data in KnowFife and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation does acknowledge figures may be different from other data sources. KnowFife data for % children (under 16) in poverty, 2009 – 2016 shows a downward trend for Fife, Scotland, Cowdenbeath and South West Fife local area committee (LAC) areas; Kirkcaldy and North East Fife LAC areas show no significant change with City of Dunfemline LAC predominantly a downward trend and both Glenrothes and Levenmouth LAC areas show a small increase in 2016 but otherwise a downward trend. This trend data can be found here
Also for a visual picture of child poverty in Fife please see our infographic already on the hub.
The Townscapes project launched at the Bennett Institute brings together a variety of different data sources to offer a deeper analysis of how towns are faring across the regions and nations of Britain. It aims to step away from the generalisations and dogmas that infuse much of the contemporary policy debate and offer instead a more finely grained picture of how different towns relate to their wider regions and nations, as well as to their nearest cities. It showcases the merits of a more granular and regionally rooted perspective for our understanding of geographical inequalities and the kinds of policy needed to address them.
Interestingly, Dunfermline is the third most improving town in Britain in the Townscapes’ Improvement Index and no Scottish town features in Britain’s 20 most declining towns.
Read the report here
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 email@example.com
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.
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:
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.