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 – SIMD2020v2 Maps

Maps for Fife and for each of the 7 areas showing the overall most deprived are available to download -:

The above maps have been re-produced following the SIMD2020v2 revision.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) –SIMD2020v2

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.

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 ‘ Visualising Inequalities and can be accessed here.


Event: Let’s Leave No-one Behind: Poverty and Protected Characteristics in Fife Workshop

People who are already affected by poverty can also face additional barriers in accessing anti-poverty measures or initiatives due to their protected characteristics.

Join us to find out the key issues as Fife Council Research Team and Fife Centre for Equalities present their joint findings from their collaborative research on Poverty and Protected Characteristics in Fife.

Then participate in discussions, sharing what you are doing to reduce poverty and how we can all commit to the challenge of reducing poverty in Fife for ALL.

For more details and if you have any specific questions or additional requirements, contact Elric at, or call 01592 645310.

To register your interest in attending click here:

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.

Fife Findings: Children in families with limited resources 2014-16

New data from the Scottish Government on “Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016” provides estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics. This was collected via the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) over three years, 2014 to 2016. Read More

Basic Income

1. This report is intended as a background paper to support local discussions in Fife around basic income.
2. It has been informed through collaborative discussions over the last year with-:
• International experts through BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)
• Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland
• Glasgow and North Ayrshire Councils
• The Scottish Government Read More