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Social Security Experience Panels - panel members: full report - 2020 update

This report provides demographic information about the Social Security Experience Panels. It also summarises feedback from panel members about their experiences of being a member of the panels and how this could be improved.

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Religion and Belief

New panel members

We asked new panel members about their religion and beliefs.[14] 317 people responded in this question.

54 per cent of respondents said that they had no religion. 15 per cent said that they were Church of Scotland, and 13 per cent said they were Roman Catholic. 5 per cent prefered not to say.

Table 5: New panel members – respondents by religion or belief group (n=317)
Number of respondents % respondents
None 170 54%
Church of Scotland 47 15%
Roman Catholic 40 13%
Other Christian 26 8%
Muslim <10 1%
Pagan <10 1%
Another religion or belief group 12 4%
Prefer not to say 16 5%

All panel members

Across a number of different ‘About You’ surveys we have asked Experience Panel members about their religion and beliefs. Responses from 923 panel members are available to be presented in Table 6.[15]

52 per cent of respondents said that they had no religion. 15 per cent said that they were Church of Scotland, and 12 per cent said they were Roman Catholic. 3 per cent prefered not to say.

Table 6: All panel members – respondents by religion or belief group (n=923)
Number of respondents % respondents
None 484 52%
Church of Scotland 140 15%
Roman Catholic 114 12%
Other Christian 85 9%
Pagan 25 3%
Muslim <10 1%
Buddhist <10 1%
Jewish <10 0%
Another religion or belief group 29 3%
Prefer not to say 29 3%

Compared to available responses from the 2018 findings, panel membership by religion and belief has stayed proportionately similar.

Contact

Email: socialsecurityexperience@gov.scot

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