Emerging evidence from research on rural issues in Aberdeenshire Jennifer Hall Public Health Lead Aberdeenshire CHP CHP Inequalities Workshop 9th September 2009
Background…. • development of JHIP • work to identify inequalities across Aberdeenshire • three strand approach • (universal / geog areas & rural)
A Three Strand Approach The Must – Do Priorities for Aberdeenshire generally Targeted Effort to Address Specific Communities and Themes of Disadvantage Improving Access To Services, to overcome rural disadvantage and exclusion.
Scottish Government Fairer Scotland Fund FSF working group / development of Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Strategy Group Initial work to explore rural issues Commissioning of Rural research National and Local Developments
Initial work + Analysis of income deprivation…. • 56% pop. live in settlements of less than 3000 people • 17,111 income deprived (7.3%) • 46% of income deprived pop. live in rural areas • 50% income deprivation in north (Buchan and Banff & Buchan areas) • 50% id. across other 4 areas
Rural deprivation in Aberdeenshire – exploration, further definition and development of recommendations EKOS – Economic and Social Development Statistical analysis / literature / policy Strategy group workshop Fieldwork – telephone survey & interviews Focus groups Commissioned rural research
From literature - Access, earnings & employment, housing, demog changes, health, isolation From stakeholders….. Geog. areas identified by consultees largely match results of stat. analysis Initial findings (1)….
Initial findings (2)…. Findings from stakeholders • Transport is the most commonly raised issue in Aberdeenshire • Access to a broad range of services - social, education, health, childcare • Affordable housing, local employment, ageing population, health inequalities • Loneliness and isolation
30 data zones (of 169) with 2 or more sig issues over and above access issues 1 datazone in worst 20%; 3 in worst 40% 5 datazones which perform sig. worse (5 or more indicators) the majority (101) are not sig poor compared to rural average (excl access) Initial findings (3)…. Statistical Analysis of SIMD datazone data compared to “rural” average
Timescale and progress…. • Focus groups – Sept / Oct • Recommendations for action • Plan for completion Oct / Nov • Consideration by Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Strategy group
Contact details -: Dr Jennifer Hall PH Lead Aberdeenshire CHP Inverurie Hospital 01467 – 672844 email@example.com