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Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team
Communities Analytical Services
Scottish Government
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Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Summary: Local Government

Summary: Local Government

Age
  • 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.

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

 

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Disability
  • In 2016 there was a slight difference between the proportion of disabled (53%) and non-disabled (57%) people who were satisfied with the quality of local schools, local health services and public transport (as a composite measure).

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

 

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Ethnicity
  • In 2016 a higher proportion of people from minority ethnic backgrounds (64%) expressed satisfaction with local schools, local health care and public transport (as a composite measure) compared to people from a 'White' ethnic group (56%).

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

 

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Gender
  • There is no evidence of a difference between men and women's satisfaction with public services overall. In 2016, 56% of men and 56% of women said they were satisfied with local schools, local health services and public transport (as a composite measure).

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

 

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Religion
  • 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: Local Services (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government currently does not have information on the position of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in local government.

Transgender

The Scottish Government currently does not have information on the position of transgender people in local government.

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’

Where available, equality breakdowns of progress against these National Indicators can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services, Data Tables (including Age, Gender, Disability and Ethnicity)

Improve the responsiveness of public services, Data Tables (including Age, Gender, Disability and Ethnicity)

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Public Sector Employment (2018) Table 10 provides a headcount of local government employment by local authority and gender, from 2000 to the present

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

 

Public Appointments in Scotland 2016: Diversity Analysis Report (March 2017) A report providing an equality breakdown of public appointments, by disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Data

Data

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

Future Developments

Future Developments

  • Local council elections were held on 4 May 2017. We will update information on the 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

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

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

Your Services, Your Say: LGBT People's Experiences of Public Services in Scotland (Stonewall Scotland, 2014) A survey of more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Scotland about their experiences and expectations of accessing key public services.

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

Local Government

Contacts

Local Government

lgfstats@gov.scot

 

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