Regional Skills Assessment

Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide the evidence we need to plan skills investment in Scotland’s people and businesses.

The aim of RSAs is to provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets.  RSAs are developed and used by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and its partners including: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

Last year, the RSAs were re-focussed in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review to support Skills Alignment. This includes a five-step planning model, the first step of which is a Skills Demand Assessment.

To continue to support this, the suite of RSA resources has maintained its focus on demand side evidence. They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends, forecasts and insight for RSA regions, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.

This year, the RSA materials will be released in two phases:

Phase one: Release of the new interactive RSA Data Matrix in August 2019

Phase two: Release of RSA Summary Reports and Infographics in October 2019.

Click here for more information and to access the link to the RSA Data Matrix.

 

Working for Fife 2018

Fife Voluntary Action Group have recenlty published “Working for Fife: A Survey of Third Sector Employability Pathway Services in Fife 2018.”

The report takes a look at the scale and scope of third sector employability provision in Fife based upon data gathered from 27 third sector organisations delivering 41 different employability projects in Fife.

The report is a must read for both strategic partners and third sector employability providers.

You can read the full report here: Working_for_Fife_2018.

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.

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.

Dunfermline
Cowdenbeath
Glenrothes
Kirkcaldy
Levenmouth
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