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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation


The four-yearly Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) figures, which rank Scotland into 6,976 small areas from most to least deprived using combined data from the UK and Scottish Governments, police and the NHS, have been published.

This year’s statistics show that a part of Paisley’s Ferguslie Park remains the most deprived area in Scotland while the least deprived is in nearby Lower Whitecraigs and South Giffnock in East Renfrewshire. Glasgow City has the largest percentage of deprived areas, followed by Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.

The council areas with the largest increase in areas of deprivation were West Dunbartonshire, Midlothian, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire, while Aberdeen City and Clackmannanshire had the greatest decrease.

The introductory guidance leaflet includes three sets of local stories. It says:

“People who use SIMD tell us that being seen to live in a deprived area can be negative in itself. So, to help give a more balanced view, we asked people in deprived areas to tell us more about living and working there, the good and the bad. In every deprived community in Scotland we have visited, we found committed organisations and individuals working hard to make the place they call home better.”


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