Publication - Statistics

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020: introduction

Published: 28 Jan 2020

This booklet provides an overview of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 - a tool for identifying the places where people are experiencing disadvantage across different aspects of their lives.

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

Contents
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020: introduction
How can I use SIMD?

20 page PDF

6.1 MB

How can I use SIMD?

Use SIMD for

  • Comparing overall deprivation of small areas
  • Comparing the seven domains of deprivation
  • Comparing the proportion of small areas in a council that are very deprived
  • Finding areas where many people experience multiple deprivation
  • Finding areas of greater need for support and intervention

Do not use SIMD for

  • Saying how much more deprived one area is from another – the difference between two ranks can be tiny or large
  • Comparing ranks over time – changes are relative and may not reflect actual changes in the neighbourhood
  • Comparing with other UK countries – each country measures deprivation slightly differently
  • Identifying all people who are experiencing deprivation in Scotland – not everyone facing disadvantage lives in a deprived area
  • Identifying affluent areas – lack of deprivation is not the same as being rich

Contact

Email: elizabeth.fraser@gov.scot