Description:

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who agreed with the statement about their neighbourhood, ā€œthere are places where people can meet up and socialise.ā€

Source of Data:

This data is from the Scottish Household Survey (SHS), a large, continuous survey conducted throughout Scotland. The SHS is a National Statistics product. Scottish Government are the owners of the data.

Data for this indicator is published in the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, which can be found here. An interactive data explorer for the SHS can be found here.

This indicator is an indirect measure of the availability of places to interact in neighbourhoods based on respondentsā€™ agreement with the statement: ā€œthere are places where people can meet up and socialise.ā€

The indicator's value is calculated as follows: Number of people who respond 'strongly agreeā€™ + ā€˜tend to agreeā€™ / Total adult population (based on SHS). The unit of measurement is the percentage of all random adults surveyed who respond 'strongly agreeā€™ and ā€˜tend to agreeā€™ with this statement.

From 2018, local authority level data is available annually (previously, biennially).Ā  Estimates are subject to sampling error and, particularly for small councils, will give only a broad indication of change at local authority level. Some councils may choose to gather similar data through local surveys of their residents though differences in data collection methods may make comparisons of these data difficult.

Definitions:

Neighbourhood is defined as "the street you live in and the streets nearby" (in urban areas) and as "the local area" (in rural areas).

Criteria for Change:

The evaluation is based on:

  • any difference within +/- 1.5 percentage points of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change.
  • an increase of 1.5 percentage points or more suggests the position is improving.
  • a decrease of 1.5 percentage points or more suggests the position is worsening.

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