/ Home / Your Council / Highland Facts and Figures / Deprivation and Fragility
Deprivation and Fragility
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2012 identifies the most deprived areas across Scotland. It is based on 31 indicators in the six individual domains of Current Income, Employment, Housing, Health, Education, Skills and Training and Geographic Access to Services.
A Briefing Note analysing the SIMD results for Highland, together with the Scottish Government’s Deprivation Report for Highland and a note giving a simple overview of changes in Highland can be viewed by clicking the links below:
The domain scores and ranks for each datazone in Highland, together with additional data for some domains, are available in an Excel spreadheet by clicking on:
Maps showing the most deprived datazones in Highland are available below:
Maps showing the rank in Highland for the overall Index and the rank in Scotland for the overall Index and six of the domains are available below:
Documents relating to SIMD 2009 are available under Related Information at the right of this page. For more information on SIMD 2012, visit http://simd.scotland.gov.uk/publication-2012/.
The Highland Council has identified many parts of its area as “fragile”, indicating that they may be in danger of long term decline due to their remoteness, an ageing population, lack of economic opportunity and access to essential services. Seven key indicators have been identified:
- Population decline between 1991-2001
- Population decline in 0-15 age group, between 1991-2001
- Population density, 2001
- Long term Unemployment Rate, July 2003
- Income Support Claimant Rate, August 2000
- Population outwith 10 minute drive time of 5 key services:
- Post Office
- Primary school
- Food shop
- Doctor’s surgery
- Petrol filling station
- Population outwith 1.5 hours drive time of Inverness (main employment and service centre)
These time periods are used in the 'Fragile Area Map' file listed below.
A paper outlining the methodolgy and maps showing Fragile Area indicators can be viewed by clicking the links below (all are pdf files):
Highland Council delivers services across an area with the lowest population density of all UK local authorities. Overall, Highland has only 8 people per square kilometre, falling to 2 per square kilometre in Sutherland, compared with 66 people per square kilometre in Scotland as a whole. Front line services are decentralised for effective delivery, and we believe additional costs of some £12m per annum are incurred in delivering services to the 26% of the population who live in "supersparse" areas. This is not recognised in GAE funding. Many of our remote communities are in danger of decline as the population ages and young people move to major centres such as Inverness in search of further education, or more secure and better paid employment.
A study was undertaken in order to provide robust estimates of the cost associated with mainland supersparsity. The report from the study can be viewed by clicking the link below (pdf file):