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One area that will strengthen funding application is being able to demonstrate key facts regarding the geographical area and/or issue.  There are several websites that can help you look at the statistics. By researching you will be able to identify how you know that your project is needed and back it up with hard facts.

Is your project in an area of/has:

  • Multiple deprivation
  • Poor health
  • High crime rates
  • High drug use
  • Low education / training
  • High number of people on welfare / claiming benefits
  • High unemployment
  • Environment
  • Access to amenities and services
  • Dits in a rural area

It will also enable you to show how your project can really make a difference.

Useful websites

  • Improve website is the council’s performance management and community planning information system.  Through the Facts and Figures page you can find a wide range of key statistics about South Lanarkshire, covering population, employment, deprivation, health and the environment.  It can produce information for user defined areas. www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/improve/
  • Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics - Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) is the Scottish Government's on-going programme to improve the availability, consistency and accessibility of small area statistics in Scotland. This internet site is the main way in which the Scottish Government will disseminate the range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above, which support a number of the Government's targets and commitments aimed at closing the gap between disadvantaged areas and the rest of Scotland. www.sns.gov.uk
  • The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way.  The SIMD provides a wealth of information to help improve the understanding about the outcomes and circumstances of people living in the most deprived areas in Scotland. The data zones are ranked from most deprived (1) to least deprived (6,505) and can be searched using post code. simd.scotland.gov.uk/map

An Introduction to South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire is located in the central belt of Scotland and straddles the upper reaches of the River Clyde, extending into the Southern Uplands. In population terms, South Lanarkshire, with 311,880 people is the fifth largest local authority in Scotland.  The Council is the 11th largest in terms of area covering 177,193 hectares, almost 80% of which is in agricultural use.  The area encompasses a diverse mix of urban and rural environments.

Its major settlements lie in the north of the Council area and include Hamilton, new town of East Kilbride, and smaller towns such as Cambuslang and Rutherglen which lie close to the City of Glasgow.  The rural area includes market towns such as Lanark and Strathaven and former mining settlements such as Forth and Carluke.  Within South Lanarkshire, 20% of the population live in 80% of the land area.

A list of initial findings from the Scottish Index of Multiple Depravation 2012, specific to South Lanarkshire such as “53 of South Lanarkshire’s 398 datazones were found in the 15% most deprived datazones in Scotland”. These are collated and available from the link below. www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0041/00410746.pdf