Renfrewshire North and West MSP, Derek Mackay, has welcomed the latest statistics showing that Renfrewshire has experienced the second largest improvement in Scotland in tackling multiple deprivation during the last four years.
The latest update of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2020, published today (Tuesday 28 January 2020) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, shows that levels of deprivation have fallen significantly in Renfrewshire compared to SIMD 2016.
SIMD ranks nearly 7,000 small areas (data zones) throughout Scotland regarding income, employment, health, education, access to services, crime and housing.
24% of Renfrewshire’s data zones are among the 20% most deprived data zones in Scotland, down from a 27% in 2016. This means Renfrewshire experienced the second biggest decrease in local authority share of Scotland’s most deprived areas during the last four years.
Derek Mackay MSP said: “I welcome these latest statistics which show Renfrewshire is moving in the right direction and this improvement indicates the collaborative work by the Scottish Government, Renfrewshire Council, third sector partners and communities themselves is having a positive effect on tackling the causes of inequality.
“Although many people across Renfrewshire are suffering economically and socially due to the Tory UK Government’s ideologically-driven austerity, the Scottish Government is continuing to work to support the most vulnerable in our society by providing free prescriptions, free personal care, concessionary travel and free school meals for children in primaries one to three; protecting public services which are essential in our everyday lives; and investing in our economy to create sustainable local employment opportunities.
“There is still much we must do, however, to eradicate multiple deprivation and make further improvements in our communities in Renfrewshire and across the country, as we work towards helping make Scotland the healthier, wealthier and fairer country that we all want it to be.”