Insights into Key Equality Outcomes Across Scotland

Date: 1st June 2016
Category: Non-discrimination

Scotland's Chief Statistician has released figures for local areas and equality groups analysed over a three year period.

The Scottish Surveys Core Questions draw data from the three major Scottish surveys (Health, Household and Crime & Justice) into one output.

Findings include:

The SSCQ data continues to show strong associations between deprivation and a range of poorer outcomes, like poor self-assessed general health, prevalence of smoking and disability and lower levels of mental wellbeing. However, in the 2012-2014 period, adults in the 20% most deprived areas are 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 people;
  • From the White: Polish or "all other" ethnic groups (including those people identifying as mixed or multiple ethnic group, African, Caribbean or Black, Arab or "Other").
  • Roman Catholics;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & other orientation;
  • Born in the EU outside the UK.

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 compared to those born in Scotland. This is not an effect of the different age profiles in these groups. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and other sexual orientations also report poorer levels of general health and lower mental wellbeing scores compared to heterosexuals.