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.

 

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

 

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

Local Strategic Assessments 2018

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.

City of Dunfermline
Cowdenbeath
Glenrothes
Kirkcaldy
Levenmouth
North East Fife
South West Fife

The Provision and Impact of Alcohol in Fife

 

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

Fife Findings: Child Poverty levels for Wards and Parliamentary Constituencies

The End Child Poverty coalition has just published a new interactive child poverty map covering Scotland and the rest of the UK, The local child poverty estimates are broken down by local authority, parliamentary constituency and ward.

The new figures reveal poverty affects children in every part of Scotland, with as many as 34% of children still living in poverty in Glasgow compared to 9% of children in Shetland. Read More

Participatory Budgeting in Fife

1. This report pulls together an overview of Participatory Budgeting activity in Fife between 2010 and 2017.
2. It draws from collaborative discussions with a group of practitioners with
experience of leading and developing PB processes in Fife.
3. It takes stock of what we have learned from our experience of PB in Fife and what others have done or are doing.
4. It is intended to serve as a pathfinder for the direction that Fife may wish to take in the future in relation to Participatory Budgeting. Read More