Did you know that:
- In the most affluent areas, 81% of Scottish school leavers are qualified to Higher
level or above, compared with 43% in the most deprived areas?
- Men in the most affluent areas experience 23.8 more years of good health
compared to men living in the most deprived areas. Similarly, women in the most
affluent areas experience 22.6 more years of good health compared to women
living in the most deprived areas?
The Scottish Government has begun consultation on a new socio-economic duty that would ask strategic public bodies such as local authorities, Police Scotland and NHS Scotland, to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome. These strategic decisions would include, for example, an economic development strategy; or an annual budget setting out key investment choices.