56% of Scottish households report they are managing well or very well, up 8% from 2013 and 15% on 1999


In August, the Institute for Fiscal Studies released a report which showed that Scotland is second only to South-East England, out of eleven regions surveyed, in terms of median income with much of the improvement coming under an SNP administration. Now the Scottish Household Survey, today indicates 56% of households reporting that they managed well or very well in 2016. This is a 15% increase on 1999 but, notably, an 8% increase in the last four years. Given that the government of the day is blamed for negative trends, we have to give at least some of the credit for this and other positive trends, described below, to them too.

Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals Scotland to have become more affluent than every other part of the UK bar the South-East of England and that much (most?) of this improvement has come under the SNP

The survey, summarised on the Scottish government website, suggests other signs of improvement for many in Scotland. I appreciate that this still leaves an unacceptable level of poverty in the country for others.

Here are some of the main points:

  • Nine out of ten people rate their neighbourhood as a good place to live.
  • An extra 20,000 households owned their home outright in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • The number of people rating their neighbourhood as a very or fairly good place to live was 95% in 2016.
  • 83% of adults held a qualification in 2016 – compared to 77% in 2007.
  • 88% of people who use local schools are satisfied with the quality of service – remaining broadly similar to previous years.
  • Recent attendance at a cultural event or place of culture has increased from 78% to 83% in the last four years.

With recent reports on the quality of Scotland’s NHS, falling unemployment, rising wages and the SNP’s progressive policies such as those on tuition fees, care for the elderly, baby boxes and bedroom tax compensation and the above improving results might be predictable to some extent.

Further contributing to the survey results, you might think, Scotland already has the lowest rate of child harm in the UK. See:

‘Latest data: In 2015, the rate of children on a CPP or Child Protection Register was in the mid-40s per 10,000 across Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The rate in Scotland was considerably lower at 27 per 10,000. (p88)

Latest data: In 2014 the Infant Mortality Rate across the UK was 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births: 3.9 in England and Wales, 3.6 in Scotland, and 4.8 in Northern Ireland. (p15)

 Latest data: The mortality rate per 100,000 population for children aged one to nine years in 2013/2014 was 12.1 in the UK overall and 12.2 in England and Wales, 11.8 in Northern Ireland and 11.1 in Scotland. (p20)


Education Minister, John Swinney said:

‘Our purpose is clear. We want Scotland to be the best place in the world to bring up children, the best place to grow up and be educated, the best place to live, work, visit invest and do business, the best placed to be cared for in times of sickness, need or vulnerability and the best place to grow old.’



5 thoughts on “56% of Scottish households report they are managing well or very well, up 8% from 2013 and 15% on 1999

  1. Ludo Thierry September 26, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Hi John – here are a couple of news items which show Scotland making some small but steady improvements in things we are already doing for ourselves.

    Waste recycling figures: Scotland’s household waste recycling rate was 45.2% in 2016, an increase of 1% on the 2015 rate.
    The total amount of waste generated from households hit 2.5 million tonnes last year.
    Zero Waste Scotland chief executive, Iain Gulland, called the figures “encouraging”, but said more needed to be done.

    Revenue Scotland’s annual report for 2016/17 showed an increase in the total overall amount of tax collected from £572 million in 2015/16 to £633m in 2016/17, with the total overall amount of tax collected since Revenue Scotland’s creation in 2015 passing the £1 billion mark.

    It was also reported that 98.8% of tax returns were submitted online, compared with 98.1% in 2015/16, with more than 93% of tax payments made on time.
    Meanwhile, receipts generated from Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) outperformed forecasts, generating £149m – £16m more than forecast.

    Responding to today’s Revenue Scotland report, Moira Kelly, chair of the CIOT (Chartered Institute of Taxation) Scotland Technical Committee, said: “2016/17 has been another year of progress and achievement for Revenue Scotland as it gets to grips with Scotland’s devolved tax powers.
    “There has been an almost across the board upturn in the organisation’s performance, with more tax collected, increased compliance and enforcement activity and more and more people submitting their returns online and on time.”

    Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: ” Revenue Scotland has continued to operate effectively and efficiently, with operating costs lower than last year and more than £1 billion of tax collected over its first two years of operation.

    Bit by little bit we recover areas of Scottish life and demonstrate to ourselves (and there are still plenty of ‘doubters’) that – if Scotland gets hold of the tools – Scotland will do the job.

    Cheers, ludo


  2. Ludo Thierry September 26, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Hi John – another snippet of news showing that in areas we run for ourselves Scotland is gradually clawing her way back to the state of a ‘normal’ nation. This time it is the crime stats released today:

    Recorded Crime in Scotland 2016/17 statistics which show:

    •Crimes recorded by the police in Scotland fell by 3% from 246,243 to 238,651, the lowest level of recorded crime since 1974
    •The number of non-sexual violent crimes was 6% higher last year compared to 2015-16, though still 49% lower than 2006-07
    •Crimes of handling offensive weapons are at their second lowest level since 1984
    •Crimes of dishonesty, crimes of fire-raising, vandalism etc and other crimes (mostly drug related or crimes against public justice) all decreased from 2015/16 levels.

    Early days of a better nation,

    Ta, ludo


  3. johnrobertson834 September 27, 2017 / 6:38 am

    Thanks. Was going to do something on this but murder up in Scotland for first time in years.


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