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Summary: Age and Local Government

Map of ScotlandSummary: Age and Local Government

  • Older adults were more likely than younger adults to agree with positive statements about the performance of their local council. For example, 56% of those aged over 75 agreed that their council provided high quality services, compared to 40% of those aged 16 to 24.
  • Only 18% of adults aged 75+ (the oldest age group) agreed that they could influence decisions affecting their local area, compared to 24% of those aged 16 to 24.
  • Younger adults showed the strongest desire to participate in local decision making. In 2016, 42% of those aged 25 to 34 said they would like to have greater involvement in the decisions their council makes, compared to just 14% of those aged over 75.

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Local Services (Last updated: September 2017)


Useful Links

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Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Household Survey 2016 (September 2017) This report presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households, both nationally and at a sub-national level. This includes analysis of age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation


Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by age group


Future Developments

Future Developments

  • Local council elections were held on 4 May 2017. We will update information on the age profile of elected councillors when it becomes available.
  • As a result of the Equality Act 2010, Scottish Local Authorities are subject to new Equality Duties that will require them to report on progress in mainstreaming equalities and equality outcomes.
  • The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Local Government policy.

External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Scotland's Councillors 2017-22 (Improvement Service, 2017) his report presents the findings of a survey of all councillors in Scotland following the May 2017 local elections. It includes age, ethnicity, gender and religion of councillors in Scotland

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

Improvement Service - The Improvement Service works with councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland. It produces a small number of research publications each year, which have covered poverty and neighbourhood inequalities

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association - Develops and delivers a programme of activities which promote the further development and understanding of local government R&I in Scotland



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