Scottish household survey 2016: key findings

Short report summarising the key findings from the Scottish household survey 2016: annual report.

Household finances

More and more households manage well financially.

Households who manage well over time

Most households reported they managed well or very well financially in 2016, a 15% increase since 1999.

56% of adults reported they managed well financially in 2016

The proportion of households who don't manage well decreased by 5% since 1999.

Percentage of households that manage well financially

Households who don't manage well

Single parent and single adult households were most likely to report that they do not manage financially, compared to Scotland overall.

Percentage of households that don't manage well financially

Households who manage well by deprivation

The gap in number of households who manage well in the 20% most deprived areas and those in the rest of Scotland narrowed since 2013 (23%) to 20% in 2016.

Households who manage well by deprivation


Email: Emma McCallum,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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