Scotland's People Annual Report

Today the Scotland's People Annual Household Survey for 2016 was published. The survey is a continuous and based on on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland. This report presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households, both nationally and at a sub-national level.

The findings from the report were generally positive.

They include:

  • Around 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.
  • 56% of households reported they managed well or very well financially in 2016 – up 15% since 1999 and up 8 percentage points since 2013.
  • Internet access is at an all-time high, with 82% of households reporting access to internet at home.
  • In 2016 the vast majority of adults (79%) had taken part in physical activity and sport in the previous four weeks. The recent rise in physical activity is driven by the rise in recreational walking.
  • 56% of households now recycle their food waste, compared to 26% in 2012.
  • Recent attendance at a cultural event or place of culture has increased from 78% to 83% in the last four years.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney commented that the results of the survey would be important in helping national and local government to prioritise the issues that matter most to people.

He said: 

“The Scottish Household Survey is an important tool in informing that work. We see in the findings that, since 2007, people in Scotland are better off financially, more qualified, more active and more culturally engaged.

“Satisfaction with people who use our public services remains high but we can and must go further. That is why our bold Programme for Government includes major reforms in education, health and justice, new opportunities and important measures to safeguard the environment and improve the quality of housing.

“This is supported by a local government finance settlement which includes an extra £160 million to support investment in local services, as well as a record high health and social care budget.

“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.”


Source: Scottish Government 26/09/2017

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