The Annual Report sets out the key issues affecting the health and wellbeing for people in Fife, helping enable more targeted local responses to be developed. In previous years, the report has looked at the health and wellbeing of the entire population.
This year’s report focusses on the variety of factors affecting children and young people in Fife, covering physical and mental health and wellbeing, and tackling inequalities,including child poverty and the cost of living. It also highlights opportunities to strengthen children’s rights through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and The Promise commitment to children and young people.
Colleagues from across the Public Health Department, Health promotion service, Fife Health and Social Care partnership, Fife Council and third sector organisations have all contributed to this report.
Child poverty rates have risen recently from 17% in 2020 to 23% in 21/22 before housing costs. This rate varies across Fife from 11% in some areas to 35.9% in others.
The number of under 18s in Fife is currently declining, with 71,746 estimated in 2021, accounting for around 19% of the population.
The birth rate in Fife declining, in a similar pattern to Scotland, with 3157 births in 2021.