The Improvement Service has developed a dashboard entitled, Understanding the Scottish local impact of Covid-19. This tool summarises the publically available data relating to the current economic impact of Covid-19. It shows, at a Scottish local authority level, the current uptake of government support including;
- The Coronovarius Job Retention Scheme – Employments Furloughed
- The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- Unemployment benefit claims
- The COVID Business Support Grant Fund
This will be of interest to local authorities and other partners in understanding the economic impact in their local area and how this compares to other areas. Data will be updated as it becomes available.
Click here to access the dashboard
A Menu for Change: Cash, Rights, Food is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and managed by Oxfam Scotland, Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and Nourish Scotland. The project aims to reduce the need for emergency food aid by ensuring people across Scotland get the cash, rights and food they need before they are in crisis.
Since July 2017, the project has been working intensively in Levenmouth in Fife to support public and third sector services to move away from using emergency food aid as the primary response to food crisis.
Read the full report including suggestions for how stakeholders in Fife could continue to reduce the need for emergency food aid here.
KnowFife knowledge resources have been updated to include a link to Public Health Scotland’s new dashboard as follows-:
The COVID-19 pandemic has wider impacts on individuals’ health, and their use of healthcare services, than those that occur as the direct result of infection. Public Health Scotland has published an information tool which provides an overview of changes in health and use of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland, drawing on a range of national data sources. You can access the COVID-19 wider impacts dashboard using the hyperlink below.
We are providing information on different topics as quickly as we can, given the different time lags that apply to different national data sources. For example, Public Health Scotland receives information on patients attending Accident & Emergency within days; but there can be a delay of at least six weeks before we receive detailed information on patients discharged from hospital after having a baby.
Depending on the topic being looked at, information will be shown for patients in different age groups; for males and females; and for people living in areas with different levels of material deprivation. Information is also shown for different locations across Scotland, such as NHS board areas.
This tool will be updated weekly. New releases will be published at the same time as the Public Health Scotland COVID-19 weekly report for Scotland and is part of a range of data being published by Public Health Scotland.
If you have any questions relating to the data presented please contact: email@example.com.
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 2020v2 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
This post and the storymap have been revised as per the SIMD2020v2 revision.
The Fife Centre for Equalities recently contributed to a study by the Open Data Institute (ODI) in to how digital public services adhere to the legal requirements which are set around discrimination.
Many public and private services are now moving towards becoming provided digitally and with the increase in technology in our lives, this is more than likely to rise. The report published by the ODI explores how protected characteristics of people using the digital services are being collected, to make it possible to tell how they might be affecting excluded communities.
Further details from the ODI and the report can be found here.
A copy of the report can also 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.
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.
- The report advises the need to open up routes out of poverty and try to prevent more people from being trapped in this situation. History over the past 20 years tells us that this can be done. If there are the foundations that allow people to build a stable financial future, then poverty will fall.
- This report shows the range of tools government has for solving poverty. New analysis shows the key role of housing in people’s lives, and how types of housing, and the lower cost of housing in particular in the social rented sector, mean that poverty is significantly lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK overall.
- The announcement of the Scottish Child Payment earlier this summer shows how seriously the Scottish Government is taking its legal obligations on reducing child poverty. But to reach the child poverty targets, and to make a Scotland without poverty for all a reality, we need a number of ambitious solutions across work, housing and social security.
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) is a survey conducted by the Scottish Government, used to evidence the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of households and individuals living in Scotland. Questions are asked face-to-face by an interviewer in homes all over Scotland. A random sample of the general population in private residences is used.
The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2018 Local Authority Tables were published on the 8th October 2019. These contain Local Authority level analysis that matches as closely as possible to the tables and charts that were published in September 2019 at National level in the SHS 2018 Annual Report.
The Local Authority Tables can be accessed in either a PDF format or an interactive Excel document.