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Fife’s Regional Skills Assessment – January 2021 Update

Skills Development Scotland has recently published the January Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) for all Regional Outcome Agreement areas, which are now available on their website, via this link.

Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) include, regional and national unemployment, job postings data (weekly and monthly), regional PACE data and Universal Credit information, with the purpose of providing an evidence base to inform future investment in skills.

The Fife Regional Skills Assessment infographic can be found clicking here.

More information on RSAs can be found here. This page also includes access to the RSA Data Matrix which is a online tool providing the latest Labour Market Information (LMI).

Fife’s Business Base Report 2020

The 2020 Fife Business Base Report has recently been published on the Fife Economy Partnership website.

The report provides an overview of the type and performance of businesses that are operating in Fife.¬† It contains information about the different industrial sectors in Fife, in terms of the size, employment and productivity of their businesses.¬† Whilst most of the data relates to the pre-Covid period, the report contains a brief assessment of the initial impact of the pandemic on Fife’s businesses.

Click here to view the report.

Or, further information can be found on the Fife Economy Partnership website at:




Scotland’s Census to be moved to March 2022

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the National Records of Scotland and Scottish Government have agreed that Scotland’s census will now be taken in March 2022, rather than in 2021 as originally planned.

More information can be found here on the National Records of Scotland website.

Understanding the Scottish local economic impact of Covid-19

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


Covid-19 Wider Impacts Dashboard

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:

SIMD2020v2 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 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.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) ‚ÄďSIMD2020v2

The Scottish Government launched its latest Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) ‚ÄďSIMD20 ‚Äď 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.

Please note that the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 has been revised as a result of a problem identified with the income domain ranks provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. The revision only affects the income domain ranks and overall SIMD ranks (referred to as SIMD 2020v2). The impact is minimal for the majority of data zones, and the remainder of the SIMD 2020 is not affected. SIMD 2020v2 ranks should now be used when carrying out any analyses.

The documents within this post have been updated to reflect the revision.

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 ‚Äė Visualising Inequalities and can be accessed¬†here.


Monitoring Equality in Digital Public Services

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.