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Social and Welfare - ScotStat

ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues. This page contains information on stakeholder engagement and activity conducted in relation to Social and Welfare including the following groups:

  • Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group (MDAG)
  • Equality Scheme Implementation Group (ESIG) Sub-group
How Can I Get Involved?

If you are keen to find out more about work relating to Social and Welfare Statistics or any other facet of the work of the Scottish Government Statistics Group, you can register with ScotStat to receive updates. More information ScotStat can be found on the ScotStat homepage, including a feedback form and information on the work of the ScotStat Board.

Social and Welfare - Consultation - ScotStat

ScotStat Committees/Groups

The Scottish Government consults users and providers of the statistics which relate to Social and Welfare through groups including:

Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group (MDAG)

The Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group (MDAG) provides the OCS (Office of the Chief Statistician) with advice on measuring deprivation as it works to implement the long term strategy for measuring deprivation. Advice will cover: the needs of users; development priorities; methodological options; quality of outputs; and dissemination and guidance on the use of outputs.

Meeting papers and more information on the group's remit are available:

ESIG Sub-Group

Meeting papers relating to the Equality Scheme Implementation Group (ESIG) Sub-Group are available:

Key Stakeholders

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • Local Authorities
  • Police Forces
  • Health Boards
  • Academics
  • Charities
  • People working in Regeneration
Income and Equalities

Other Stakeholder Engagement

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • Presentations to Local Authorities over last 12 months
  • Presentations to Health Boards over last 6 months
  • One day seminar for academics and researchers
  • Other presentations and workshops to charities, police
Income and Poverty

The Measuring Poverty seminar was held on 11 June 2008 at Stirling Management Centre. Copies of slides, discussion papers and outcomes are available here:

Financial Inclusion

In early 2008 social justice statistics contacted registered SCOTSTAT users of income and poverty data to ask them about the financial inclusion questions included in the Scottish Household Survey. Responses were received from a wide range of users, which were then fed into the recommendations social justice statistics made to the SHS team. A summary of the responses and the proposed changes will be put on this website in the coming months. If you would like to know more about statistics on financial inclusion then please contact

Any comments on income, poverty, social justice statistics are welcome at the


Openness about planning and prioritising is a key requirement of National Statistics and of our commitment to users and providers. The social and welfare topic area is covered by a number of different Analytical Services Divisions, each Division undertakes its own business planning.

Communities Analytical Services covers statistics on social inclusion (poverty, income and financial inclusion) and equalities, the 2008/9 statistics plan for these will be published on this website in Autumn 2008. Communities Analytical Services will consult with users to agree these plans and priorities.'

The 2008 update to the 'Long Term Strategy for Measuring Deprivation' has been published and can be viewed at: Long Term Strategy for Measuring Deprivation - 2008 update.

The next planned update to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation will take place in Autumn 2009.

The Statistics Forthcoming Publications list should provide information on future statistical outputs for the coming year. These can be viewed at:

You may also be interested in viewing the Statistics Planning page for the entire Statistics topic.