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Publications and Data

The key Social and Welfare publications are

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics: This database provides figures on Scotland's local areas for local authorities, health board, Scottish parliamentary constituency, wards, and data zones. It provides information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues. The present site (Phase II of the project) was launched in June 2004 and includes significant enhancements over the previous site. It is proposed to update the site quarterly in January, April, July and October.

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics Data Zones Background Information: This report sets out background information on the development and use of data zones and answers the questions which arose during the final phase of consultation with local authorities.

Social Justice

Social Justice Annual Report 2003 - Indicators of Progress: This technical report provides an impartial assessment of progress against the Social Justice milestones.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004: Summary Technical Report: Provides users with a clear overview of the methodology used to develop the Index. An Interactive Map and associated Background Data supplement the summary technical report. More detailed information on the construction of the underlying indicators and the technical methodology used to develop the SIMD 2004 can be found in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004: Technical Report.

Long term strategy for measuring deprivation in Scotland: This is a copy of the final report produced in August 2003, by the Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice (SCRSJ). The Scottish Executive response to this document has also been published. An interim report by the SCRSJ was published in May 2003.

Households, Families and Individuals

Scotland's People: Results from the 2001/2002 Scottish Household Survey (Volume 7: Annual Report) - provides results for 2001 and 2002. Based on data for two years, tables are provided broken down by Local Authority as well as for Scotland as a whole.

Scotland's People: Results from the 2001/2002 Scottish Household Survey (Volume 8: Technical Report) - provides details of the survey methodology and contains a summary copy of the 2001 and 2002 questions.

Statistics Publication Notice Scottish Household Survey (2003 - Quarter 2) - the most recent in a series of quarterly Statistics Publication Notices which announces the availability of the Scottish Household Survey for a particular quarter. Further details on the trends over time for a number of topics can be found at the Data Trends section of the SHS website.

Social Focus

Scottish Social Statistics: A broad compendium publication covering the ten key social policy areas.

Men and Women in Scotland: This report provides an overview of some of the similarities and differences between men and women living and working in Scotland today.

Urban Rural Scotland: This report explores the relationship between people living in urban, rural, and remote areas of Scotland.

Disability: A compendium publication exploring the characteristics and position of disabled people in Scotland.

Deprived Areas: A compendium of statistics providing detailed information on the depth and concentration of poverty and disadvantage in deprived areas as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 (SIMD 2004)


Benefits and Tax Credits in Scotland: This Statistical publication provides summary information on benefit recipients in Scotland across a range of benefits and tax credits.


Households Below Average Income: This report is produced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It contains figures for GB and includes a regional breakdown.

Family Resource Survey: This survey which is carried out by DWP, collects information on the incomes and circumstances of private households in Great Britain and includes a regional breakdown.

Individual income of men and women: This report produced by the Women & Equality Unit of the DTI. Covers GB and contains a regional breakdown.


Analysis of Religion in the 2001 Census - Summary Report: The report explores the characteristics of each of the religion groups in Scotland using information collected from the 2001 Census in Scotland.

Analysis of Ethnicity in the 2001 Census - Summary Report
The report presents results across the main policy areas covered in the census analysed by ethnic group

Equality in Scotland : A guide to datasources: This is a website that provides some basic demographic information and helpful links to useful sources of information.

The following list is currently showing out-of-date content. We are aware of this problem and are working to remedy this as soon as possible. You can view the the most recent Scottish Executive Publications in the meantime.


Complete listing of publications: This contains a full listing of National Statistics and non National Statistics publications and databases in the Social and Welfare domain.