Our Equality in Fife statistical report is designed to assist organisations, individuals and groups of all sectors in their commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and more importantly their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Click the link below to download our JULY 2019 report:
EQUALITY IN FIFE – JULY 2019 3b

As part of the report, we have produced a series of fact sheets covering some interesting facts about each of the protected characteristics.

EQ FACTSHEET 4 – MARRIAGE CIVIL PARTNERSHIP PREGNANCY MATERNITY

Did you know? – Demographics

In 2017, the majority of people in Fife were married or in a civil partnership (49%), increasing slightly from 45% in the previous year. 1 in 3 are single and have never been married/in a civil partnership; 1 in 10 are divorced/separated.

In 2017, 1,568 opposite sex marriages, 47 same sex marriages and 1 Male Civil Partnership took place in Fife.

In 2018, there were 3,479 births in Fife. This is an increase of 0.4% from 3,465 births in 2017. Of these 3,479 births, 1,699 (48.8%) were female and 1,780 (51.2%) were male.

The most common age group of mothers in Fife was 30 to 34 (1,041 births), a change from the 25 to 29 age group in 1998. The least common age group of mothers in Fife was 40 and over (114 births), which is the same as in 1998.

Did you know? – Living Standards and Poverty

The 2011 census showed that married or civil-partnership households make up 34.2% of households in Fife, ahead of one-personhouseholds (31.9%) and lone parent families (10.9%).

The workplace shows patterns of inequality that are carried over both pregnancy and maternity (and/or paternity) stages.
Research carried out in in 2015 showed that on average 11% of mothers reported that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job.

In Fife, this means we can expect that around 413 mothers lose their jobsor career development opportunitiesevery year due to their being pregnant, and up to 376 being discouraged from attending neonatal appointments.

Pregnancy is recognised as one of the key triggers increasing the risk of poverty for women and particularly lone parents. Over four in ten (43%) children in single parent families are poor, 4 compared to just over two in ten (22%) of children in couple families.

Did you know? – Justice and Personal Security

There isn’t a lot of information at a local level in terms of forced marriage, by January 2019 there were 12 Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs).

Scottish Women’s Aid research from 2012 estimates that pregnant women face an “increased risk” of domestic abuse, at 5% to 21% of pre-birth cases and in 13% to 21% of post-birth cases’and that ‘abuse often starts in pregnancy and gets worse when the first child is new-born’.

Did you know? – Health and mental health

Married people generally live longer and have better health than unmarried people and the health of a couple also tend to be affected by positive or negatives experiences of the relationship.

Marital cohesion has been linked with outcomes such as better ambulatory blood pressure whereas marital strain has been shown to place women at greater risk of coronary events.

The Maternity Care Survey 2015 shows that Fife’s overall rating for antenatal care follows that of Scotland’s average (92%) and improved on 2013 by 1%.

Postnatal care is rated in Fife 2% above the national average with 93% of respondents having a positive experience. The most negative responses (23%) relate to referral to advice services on emotional changes experienced after birth.