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Summary: Religion and Local Government

Summary: Religion and Local Government

  • In 2016, the percentage of adults who agreed that their council provided high quality services was slightly higher for Other Religion (48%) compared to Christians(46%) and No Religion (43%).
  • A slightly higher proportion of those of Other Religion (34%) agreed that they could influence decisions affecting their local area compared to Christians (24%) and No Religion (22%).

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2016)


A Public Appointment is an appointment to the board of any of the public bodies across Scotland - either as a member, or as the chair. The board's role is to provide leadership, direction and guidance, it is not involved in the day-to-day running of the public body.

  • In the public appointments rounds for 2016, 4.7% of applicants declared that they belong to a non-Christian religion or belief with 2.0% being appointed.

Source: Scottish Government's website for Public Appointments


Useful Links

Religion Page

Local Government Page


The Scottish Government website provides equalities breakdowns for the two public services National Indicators on Scotland Performs: Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services and Improve the responsiveness of public services.

The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data. Information about confidence intervals in the SHS can be found in Annex 3 of the annual report.

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

External Links

External Links

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Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA)

Improvement Service

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)




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