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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Insights into Key Equality Outcomes


 Figures for local areas and equality groups analysed over a three year period have been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. The Scottish Surveys Core Questions draw data from the three major Scottish surveys (Health, Household and Crime & Justice) into one output.  Findings include:

  • There are continuing strong associations between deprivation and a range of poorer outcomes, such as poor self-assessed general health, prevalence of smoking and disability and lower levels of mental wellbeing.
  • However in 2012-2014, adults in the 20% most deprived areas were increasingly likely to report that the crime rate in their local area has stayed the same or fallen.
  • Those in the most deprived areas are, compared to the Scottish population as a whole, more likely to be:
    • Under 35
    • Disabled
    • From “White: Polish” or from “all other” ethnic groups (which include people identifying as African, Caribbean or Black, Arab, mixed or multiple ethnic group or “Other”)
    • Roman Catholics
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & other orientation
  • Those born in the wider EU or UK but not Scotland report higher levels of good or very good health and have higher mental well-being scores than those born in Scotland. This is not an effect of the different age profiles in these groups.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and other sexual orientations report poorer levels of general health and lower mental wellbeing scores compared to heterosexuals.

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