Scotland’s most deprived areas revealed

Ferguslie Park in Paisley is Scotland's most deprived area. Picture: Getty

Ferguslie Park in Paisley is Scotland's most deprived area. Picture: Getty

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A Paisley housing estate has been named the most deprived area in Scotland for the second successive time.

Ferguslie Park was ranked bottom of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), which lists almost 7,000 small areas covering all of Scotland from most to least deprived.

Picture: Donald MacLeod

Picture: Donald MacLeod

Glasgow is home to seven of the ten most deprived areas, and more than half of the poorest 100. The others in the 10 most deprived are Cliftonville, North Lanarkshire and Muirhouse, Edinburgh.

Lower Whitecraigs in East Renfrewshire is the least deprived area, while five out of ten of the least deprived are in the City of Edinburgh.

The index, which is compiled every four years, takes into account income, health, housing, education, employment, crime and access to services, is often used by the public sector and charities to help decide where to best direct resources.

Patrick Hogan, spokesman for Citizens Advice Scotland, said: “Research like this helps to build a picture of which people are most in need and where we need to target help.

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“However, it’s important to remember that measuring deprivation is complex. Not everyone who lives in a deprived area is deprived, and not everyone who is deprived lives in a deprived area.”

The report said that two out of three people who are income deprived do not live in deprived areas – while just under one in three people living in a deprived area are classified as income deprived.

Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have no areas classed as deprived, but the report said there were people living in deprivation there.

Communities Secretary Angela Constance said: “The SIMD is important – and widely used in both the public and third sectors – because it clearly sets out where the most deprived areas in Scotland are, so we can ensure public funding, policies and services can be targeted most effectively.

“While changes in methodology mean it’s not possible to compare directly with previous years, SIMD is a good reminder of why Scotland needs a government committed to tackling deep-seated deprivation, poverty and inequalities.”

Mark Macmillan, leader of Renfrewshire Council, which covers Ferguslie Park, said it had made inroads into tackling deprivation in the area, but warned that government funding had been cut.

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