The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) has recently been updated, with the data released on the 18th December 2012, and shows that parts of Lochgelly is in the top 10% of multiple deprivation areas across Scotland.

The SIMD data is compiled from 38 indicators across 7 domains which are; income, employment, health, education, skills and training, geographic access and crime.

One of the key findings of the data is that Fife have seen a relatively large increase in their share of datazones in the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland between SIMD 2009 and SIMD 2012.

The most deprived areas in Fife is Kirkcaldy Gallatown and Sinclairtown taking the first two spots on the Fife data chart, Methil East is third, Ballingry is 4th and Dunfermline Abbeyview North is 5th.

Lochgelly is split into several geographic areas, with Lochgelly West and Lumphinnans, and Lochgelly East in the top 5%-10% of most deprived areas in Scotland.

The Lochgelly East area has been in decline according to the SIMD data from 2004 – 2009, whereby the area dropped in rank from 1,170 to 473. Between 2009 – 2012 there has been some overall improvement with the SIMD rank increasing to 564, yet still in the top 10% of most deprived areas in Scotland.

The Lochgelly West and Lumphinnans area has also been in decline with a 2004 rank of 852 dropping to 530 in 2009, and slightly improving in 2012 with an SIMD rank of 600. This area is also in the top 10% of areas in Scotland suffering from multiple deprivation.

Other areas in Lochgelly are in the most 40% of deprived areas in Scotland, with Stationhead Road, Paxton Crescent, the Braes housing estate an exception to the Lochgelly trend by being in the least 40% of deprived areas in Scotland. Although, currently an exception, the SIMD data has shown a decline in rank between 2009 – 2012, dropping from 5,750 down to 5,380.

SIMD Data for Fife

Income Domain
The level of income deprivation in Fife is below that in Scotland as a whole. In the SIMD 2012 income domain, 13.3% of the population of Fife were income deprived. This compares to 13.4% across Scotland as a whole.

  • National share: On the income domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (6.7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 51 (5.2%) in 2009, 49 (5%) in 2006 and 43 (4.4%) in 2004.
  • Local share: On the income domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (14.3%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 51 (11.3%) in 2009, 49 (10.8%) in 2006 and 43 (9.5%) in 2004.
  • The most income deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002779, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Kirkcaldy Gallatown and Sinclairtown and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of Kirkcaldy. It has a rank of 25, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most income deprived areas in Scotland.

Employment Domain
The level of employment deprivation in Fife is below that in Scotland as a whole. In the SIMD 2012 employment domain, 12.8% of the population of Fife aged 16-60/64 were employment deprived. This compares to 12.8% across Scotland as a whole.

  • National share: In the employment domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (6.7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 67 (6.9%) in 2009, 67 (6.9%) in 2006 and 49 (5%) in 2004.
  • Local share: In the employment domain in SIMD 2012, 65 (14.3%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 67 (14.8%) in 2009, 67 (14.8%) in 2006 and 49 (10.8%) in 2004.
  • The most employment deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002655, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Dunfermline Abbeyview North and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of Dunfermline West. It has a rank of 128, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most employment deprived areas in Scotland.

Health Domain

  • National share: In the health domain in SIMD 2012, 15 (1.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 17 (1.7%) in 2009, 14 (1.4%) in 2006 and 15 (1.5%) in 2004.
  • Local share: In the health domain in SIMD 2012, 15 (3.3%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 17 (3.8%) in 2009, 14 (3.1%) in 2006 and 15 (3.3%) in 2004.
  • The most health deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002856, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Methil East and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of Central Fife. It has a rank of 285, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most health deprived areas in Scotland.

Education Domain

  • National share: In the education domain in SIMD 2012, 68 (7%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 65 (6.7%) in 2009, 49 (5%) in 2006 and 48 (4.9%) in 2004.
  • Local share: In the education domain in SIMD 2012, 68 (15%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 65 (14.3%) in 2009, 49 (10.8%) in 2006 and 48 (10.6%) in 2004.
  • The most education deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002775, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Kirkcaldy Hayfield and Smeaton and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of Kirkcaldy. It has a rank of 27, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most education deprived areas in Scotland.

Housing Domain

  • National share: On the housing domain in SIMD 2012, 5 (0.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife.
  • Local share: On the housing domain in SIMD 2012, 5 (1.1%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland.
  • The most housing deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002995, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of St Andrews Central and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of North East Fife. It has a rank of 416, meaning that it is amongst the 10% most housing deprived areas in Scotland.

Access Domain

  • National share: In the access domain in SIMD 2012, 60 (6.1%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 54 (5.5%) in 2009, 67 (6.9%) in 2006 and 43 (4.4%) in 2004.
  • Local share: In the access domain in SIMD 2012, 60 (13.2%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 54 (11.9%) in 2009, 67 (14.8%) in 2006 and 43 (9.5%) in 2004.
  • The most access deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01003003, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Newburgh and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of North East Fife. It has a rank of 197, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most access deprived areas in Scotland.

Crime Domain

  • National share: In the crime domain in SIMD 2012, 54 (5.5%) of the 976 datazones in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland were found in Fife, compared to 69 (7.1%) in 2009 and 93 (9.5%) in 2006.
  • Local share: In the crime domain in SIMD 2012, 54 (11.9%) of Fife’s 453 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland, compared to 69 (15.2%) in 2009 and 93 (20.5%) in 2006.
  • The most crime deprived datazone in Fife in SIMD 2012 is S01002722, which is found in the Intermediate Zone of Kirkcaldy Central and the Scottish Parliament Constituency of Kirkcaldy. It has a rank of 30, meaning that it is amongst the 5% most crime deprived areas in Scotland.

Further Information

Overall, Lochgelly has been steadily improving since 2009, apart from the more affluent areas in Lochgelly which have been steadily declining. However, compared to the data in 2004, Lochgelly was once overall better off, and at the current rate of improvement, it will take several years to get Lochgelly back to the levels of 2004, with much local investment and regeneration required.

If you wish to view the SIMD data, you can do so with a simplified map, recreated by a blogger at: https://sites.google.com/site/scotdep2012/.

If you wish a more detailed interactive map, with detailed documentation, please visit: http://simd.scotland.gov.uk/publication-2012/

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