Description:

This indicator measures the percentage of people who were concerned about running out of food due to a lack of money or other resources in the past 12 months.
In 2017 three questions on food insecurity were included in the Scottish Health Survey for the first time.

Source of Data:

The data for this indicator is drawn from a section of the Scottish Health Survey. The questions are drawn from the eight-question Food Insecurity Experience Scale (developed by the UN).

Information on the Scottish Health Survey can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Definitions:

The question the indicator is based on is:

"During the last 12 months, was there a time when: You were worried you would run out of food because of a lack of money or other resources?"

Criteria for Change:

  • Performance is improving if there is a decrease of at least 1 percentage point between the most recent data points.
  • Performance is worsening if there is an increase of at least 1 percentage point between the most recent data points.
  • Otherwise, performance is maintaining.

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