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The Fife Regeneration, Health and Wellbeing Study

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

Overview of the Five Regeneration Areas

Overview of the Five Regeneration Areas
The most significant findings emerging from the Fife Regeneration Health and Well Being Study for the five targeted regeneration areas are presented below, with comparisons with the position across Fife as a whole. There will be a report on the Baseline Position available shortly

  • Income - A third of all households in the regeneration areas (33%) have low incomes, almost twice times the level found across Fife as a whole (18%). This rises significantly in Dunfermline and West Fife where 50% and 41% of households respectively are on low incomes. Levenmouth has the lowest proportion of low income households (27%)

Households with low incomes

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  • Unemployment - The proportion of residents in the regeneration areas who are unemployed is twice the level for Fife as a whole. For example, the proportion claiming JSA is 7%, compared to only 3.5% across Fife. This peaks at 7.9% in Kirkcaldy and 7.7% in Dunfermline while falling to 4.2% in West Fife

Residents claiming Job Seekers Allowance

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  • Good Educational Achievement and Access to Learning - A lower proportion of the S4 cohort from the regeneration areas attained five or more awards at SCQF level 3 or better compared to Fife as a whole (81.3%, compared to 91.2%). The West Fife area recorded the lowest score on this indicator (76.2%), closely followed by Dunfermline (78.3%) while Levenmouth had the highest score (83.7%) 

S4 cohort attaining 5 or more awards at SCQF Level 3

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  • Poor Health - More than four out of every ten residents (41%) in the regeneration areas say they suffer from a long standing illness, health problem or disability, significantly higher than the Fife average of 29%. Supporting the figures above on mortality rates, this rises to 51% among residents of the Dunfermline regeneration area and falls to 34% in Kirkcaldy, close to the Fife average

Residents suffering from long standing illness, health problem or disability

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  • Access to Good Housing - Residents’ dissatisfaction with the condition of their home is twice as high among regeneration area residents than Fife residents as a whole (19%, compared to 8%), with this rising to 34% of Council tenants and to 21% of residents in Kirkcaldy

Dissatisfaction with housing conditions

  • Access to Well Delivered Services - More than half of regeneration area residents (54%) are dissatisfied with the activities for teenagers, considerably higher than the rate found across Fife (39%). Just under half are also dissatisfied with sports and leisure facilities. Highest levels of dissatisfaction were found in West Fife and Kirkcaldy where between half and two thirds of residents are dissatisfied with activities for teenagers, facilities for young children and sports and leisure facilities 

Dissatisfaction with activities for teenagers

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  • Community Safety - A third of regeneration area residents (33%) are very concerned about going out alone at night in their neighbourhood compared to only 19% across Fife. In Levenmouth and Kirkcaldy this rises to 38% but falls to only 15% among residents of West Fife

Fear of going out alone in neighbourhood at night

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  • Community Well Being - Almost a quarter of regeneration area residents (24%) feel their neighbourhood is a poor place to live, compared to only 9% of Fife residents as a whole. Dissatisfaction rises even higher in Levenmouth (39%) and Dunfermline (31%) 

Dissatisfaction with neighbourhood

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  • Attractive Physical Environment - Over a third of all residents (35%) in the regeneration areas are dissatisfied with the overall physical appearance of their local area. In contrast, only 18% of residents across Fife felt this way. Dissatisfaction is consistently high across all the regeneration areas but peaks in Dunfermline (47%)

Dissatisfaction with physical appearance of local area

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