Insights into key equality outcomes across Scotland

By agency reporter
April 11, 2018

Detailed local area and equality group analysis has been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. The Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2016 gives information about age and gender groups, disabled people, ethnic and religious groups, LGB people and smaller regions of Scotland.

The findings show a link between deprivation and poorer health outcomes. However since 2012, adults in the 20 per cent most deprived areas were increasingly likely to report that the crime rate in their local area has stayed the same or fallen and have increased confidence in the police.

Those in the most deprived areas are, compared to the Scottish population as a whole, more likely to be:

  • under 35,
  • disabled people
  • Roman Catholic or Muslim
  • from the White: Polish or the 'all other' ethnic group (including those people identifying as mixed or multiple ethnic group, African, Caribbean or Black, Arab or 'Other')

Around a fifth of adults in Scotland smoke. Between 2012-2016 there has been a clear reduction in smoking rates across all ages under 75, both genders and all levels of deprivation. The 'White: Polish'ethnic group has higher smoking rates than the Scottish national average. Smoking among the 'Asian' group is lower than average, driven by a rate less than five per cent among Asian women.

Since 2012, there has been a reduction in the proportion of those aged 55 and over reporting long-term limiting health conditions. The rate of such conditions has increased among 16-24 year olds over the long term, likely associated with the increased survivability of childhood illnesses.

People identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other sexual orientation reported poorer levels of general health, higher rates of long-term limiting health conditions and smoking and lower mental wellbeing scores compared to heterosexual people.

Members of the Church of Scotland, Roman Catholics and 'Other Christian' groups are more likely to report providing unpaid care compared to others.

* Scottish Government


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