Equality in Fife – March 2021 report is available below:


Cover page of the Equality in Fife report
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Please note this report is continually updated, please contact us if you have any questions, suggestions for additional data, sources, queries etc.

This version covers equality statististics on Age and Population in Fife.


Equality Factsheets from December 2019 are available below:

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About the Fife Equality Statistics Report

This document is designed to assist organisations of any sector in their commitment to promoting equality of opportunity and more importantly to fulfil their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, which passed into law on 1 October 2010.

eq act.jpgThe Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act that provides a consistent legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

Public, private, or voluntary organisations receiving public funding and/or carrying out public functions[1] are further subject to the general equality duty, and must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

‘Due regard’ involves a range of actions such as:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The protected characteristics or ‘equality groups’[2] that are referred to are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

[1] Where a private or voluntary organisation provides a ‘public function’ it is then subject to the general equality duty. Public function are carried out on behalf of the State are not similar in kind to services that could be performed by private people or by private or voluntary organisations. Examples include when a private company manages a prison or when a voluntary organisation takes on responsibilities for child protection.
[2] An equality group is a group of individuals who share the same protected characteristics.


We recognise that this report is limited in depth and we are also aware of several data gaps in equality evidence. We welcome and encourage contributions to improve accuracy, raise awareness and understanding of issues not presented here. If you would like to tell us about your experiences of barriers to equality, tell us through our Community Concerns Register.

The sources used are varied and from different years and surveys (e.g. Census 2011, Scottish Household Survey 2015, National Records of Scotland Year estimates 2017) and while the latest available public data was used by default, some figures may appear contradictory. If in doubt, or if you spot any errors in the report, please contact us for clarification.

Unless specified otherwise, data and statistics used in this report apply, applies to Fife as a whole. Where there was no Local Authority level data available on specific topics, national (Scotland) statistics are used as a starting point, on the assumption that Fife follows national trends on several areas. For more detailed geographical information, please see the section below on Fife’s localities.

If you are looking instead for analysis, briefings and advice on specific topics, contact us.

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