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  • Updated deprivation data - SIMD 2016 now released

    Created: 05/09/2016, Updated: 26/09/2016

    The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016 has been released. It includes an Introduction to SIMD 2016 which includes two Fife case studies.

    Key headlines include:

    • Many of Fife’s most deprived areas are concentrated in Central Fife, with some areas now showing as more deprived relative to other areas of Scotland. A changed picture is seen in relation to Health deprivation in Fife, but still within what might be expected for Fife’s size and population
    • Fife Council has produced a quick brief, and an overall map for Fife. Local maps are available on request
    • In absolute terms, there are now fewer people who are income or employment deprived since 2012.

    The table below shows the absolute change in the Income and Employment domains by Area:
    City of Dunfermline10.99.611.39.3
    North East Fife7.
    South West Fife10.58.810.88.8

    There are now 10 Fife datazones in the 5% most deprived areas in Scotland:
    Data_ZoneNameArea CommitteeSIMD16 rankFife rank
    S01009622Buckhaven SouthLevenmouth271
    S01009632Methil Memorial ParkLevenmouth932
    S01009535Gallatown WestKirkcaldy1133
    S01009633Methil SavoyLevenmouth1664
    S01009534Sinclairtown CentralKirkcaldy1765
    S01009471Linktown EastKirkcaldy1947
    S01009638Methil KirklandLevenmouth2178
    S01009631Lower MethilLevenmouth2259
    S01009435Ballingry WestCowdenbeath23110

    To look at local areas in more detail, you may find it useful to refer to the SIMD interactive map.

    The Fife Council Research Team will be giving further consideration to results of SIMD16 and will reflect the findings from this through the Strategic Assessment process, and in a report that they plan to produce in the coming months on Deprivation in Fife.

    Fife Voluntary Action and the Third Sector Strategy Group will also be using the data in SIMD16 to help inform strategic planning, policy and potential delivery priorities for the sector going forward.

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