Fife Council Research Team published this report to provide an overview of equalities characteristics in Fife under the themes of Age, Sex, Gender reassignment, Sexual orientation, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Ethnicity and Identity, Religion and Belief, and Disability. It draws on information from the Scottish Household Survey 2014, and the Scottish Survey Core Questions 2014, a pooled sample from the three main Scottish Population Surveys, that is now starting to deliver improved equality data at the local level.

Key Information

  • More younger people live in private rented or social rented accommodation, while more older people own their own homes.
  • More older people have higher qualifications, savings, and manage well financially.
  • More younger people report neighbourhood problems, and feel less safe.
  • While younger people have better health, they are more likely to smoke.
  • Adults are more likely to experience discrimination in later working age.
  • Older people have more confidence in the Police.
  • More women than men in Fife, and women have a stronger sense of belonging.
  • More men work full-time. More women work part-time or look after the home.
  • Older women are less likely to hold a driving licence.
  • Males feel safer than females, and have different views on the ability of the Police.
  • The majority of adults identify as heterosexual, with a minority identifying as LGBTi
  • One in three adults are single, and one in two adults are married or are in a civil partnership. Younger people are more likely to be single and older people are more
    likely to be married or in a civil partnership.
  • The economic situation of women depends on whether children are in the household.
  • The majority of people living in Fife are born in Scotland and identify as White Scottish.
  • Fife has a very high proportion of people identifying with no religion.
  • One in five adults have a long term physical or mental health condition.
  • Those with a long term condition do not rate themselves as having good health, and are less likely to be employed full-time
  • Older households are more likely to include someone with a long standing illness, health problem or disability.
  • Households with a long-term condition are more likely to be living with low income, and living in social rented accommodation.
  • Adults with a long standing physical or mental condition feel less safe than those without a long-term condition, and are more likely to have experienced discrimination.

Click here to download a more detailed PDF of this report. For more information about Fife Council Research Team, contact:

William Penrice, Research Manager 
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