SIMD20 vs. SIMD16 – Interactive StoryMap

An interactive swipe tool has been developed which allows us to see how the SIMD rankings for Fife neighbourhoods have changed from the 2016 SIMD to the 2020 SIMD. The rankings include areas such as the overall rank for the neighbourhood in Fife and also, how it ranks for other things such as Housing and Employment.

Click on the link to take a look: Interactive StoryMap

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) –SIMD20

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.


2018 Fife Population Estimates – Small Area

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.

Fife Child Poverty Action Report June 2019

Around one in five children live in low income families in Fife and too many children are not ready to learn when they start school. Many people in Fife are unable to manage financially; more than a third of residents live in fuel poverty and around 24,000 residents are unsure about how they can pay for food.

Fife Council, NHS Fife and partners have developed the Fife Child Poverty Action Report to consider the delivery of existing child poverty measures and outline new actions that seek to create a step-change in efforts to tackle this persistent issue.

The report focuses on the three drivers of child poverty, as set out by the Scottish Government: income from employment, cost of living, and income from social security and benefits in kind.

Read the full report here.