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The Fife Regeneration, Health and Wellbeing Study

Finding out more about the health and wellbeing of the people of Fife

Kirkcaldy Regeneration Area

The most significant findings emerging from the Fife Regeneration Health and Well Being Study for the Kirkcaldy regeneration area are presented below, with comparisons with the position across Fife as a whole. More detailed findings, contained in the Kirkcaldy ROA Health and Well Being report, will be avaiable shortly.

  • High unemployment – Kirkcaldy recorded the highest level of residents aged 16-64 claiming JSA, more than twice the Fife average. It also has the second highest proportion of unemployed residents who stated they are dissatisfied with training and re-training opportunities 

Households claiming Job Seekers Allowance

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  • Poor health behaviour – The Kirkcaldy regeneration area has a significantly higher mortality rate compared to Fife as a whole.  It also has the highest proportion of residents who do not meet guidelines on taking moderate exercise, and the proportion who do not eat healthily, who smoke and drink alcohol above safe levels are among the highest across the five regeneration areas and significantly worse than the Fife averages

Deaths per 10,000 population under 75

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  • Poor housing – Residents in the ROA area recorded the highest level of dissatisfaction with the condition of their home and there is a high demand for disabled adaptations

Proportion of households dissatisfied with the condition of their homes

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  • Access to Services – The Kirkcaldy regeneration area recorded one of the highest levels of dissatisfaction with local dental services and the highest levels of dissatisfaction with sports facilities, leisure facilities and community facilities

 Proportion of residents dissatisfied with leisure facilities

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  • Fear of crime – The area recorded the highest level of a fear of crime (along with Dunfermline) and the highest proportion of residents who are very concerned about going out at night in their local area. Serious concerns about drug misuse or dealing and rowdy behaviour are more than twice the Fife average

 Proportion of residents with serious concerns about drug misuse

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  • Poor physical environment – More than twice as many Kirkcaldy ROA residents are dissatisfied with the physical appearance of their local area compared to Fife residents as a whole. Dissatisfaction with play areas and the physical environment in housing areas is also higher than that recorded in any of the other regeneration areas and significantly higher than the Fife average

Proportion of residents dissatisfied with the physical appearance of their local environment

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