Maps for Fife and for each of the 7 areas showing the overall most deprived are available to download -:
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.
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 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.
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:
Local Strategic Assessments 2018 for each of the 7 areas in Fife are available by clicking on the links below.
They provide an overview of new and updated local research and evidence relating to the 7 local areas, to help to inform the refresh of local community plans.
This report provides a great example of collaborative working in Fife with colleagues from NHS Fife, Fife Council and Fife Alcohol & Drug Partnership working together to provide an in-depth analysis of alcohol provision and alcohol related harm. Read More
The Fife Strategic Assessment presents a challenging overview of Fife for those involved in providing services, developing strategy and drawing up policies. Read More
Places can help define us, they can give us a sense of belonging and they are the backdrop to everything we do. Having good places to live our lives in can enrich us and make it easier to achieve our ambitions. Read More
The Local Strategic Assessment provides an overview of how the local area concerned is doing. It collates a wide range of information and, through facilitated sessions with a range of individuals involved in the Local Community Planning process, gives key input for the refresh of Local Community Plans and input into the wider Fife-wide Strategic Assessment.
Reports available are-: