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More than half of Scottish households 'managing well' financially

More than half of Scottish households 'managing well' financially
More than half of Scottish households 'managing well' financially
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More than half of Scottish households say they are "managing well" financially, according to figures published by Scotland's chief statistician.

That compared to 42% in 1999 - while the proportion of households who don't manage well fell from 13% to 8%.

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2017 also found 51% of women were in work, compared to 45% in 1999.

Over the same period, the proportion of men in work remained steady at 60%.

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The total the number of households in Scotland increased by 13% from 2.19 million in 1999 to 2.46 million in 2017.

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Among other findings in the latest annual survey were:

  • Six out of 10 households were owner-occupiers
  • The proportion of adults without any qualifications (16%) is decreasing
  • Most households (85%) had internet access at home
  • More than three in five adults (61%) viewed climate change as an immediate and urgent problem
  • Recreational walking has risen (up from 57% to 70%)
  • Households disposing of food waste in local authority-provided food caddies increased (from 26% to 55%)

The majority of adults in Scotland (57%) rated their neighbourhood as a very good place to live in 2017.

However, neighbourhood ratings varied significantly depending on levels of deprivation.

Only 29% of adults in the most deprived areas rated it as a very good place to live, compared to 80% in the least deprived areas.

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Combined satisfaction with all three public services (local health services, schools and public transport) is at its lowest level since first measured in 2007 at 52%, and down from a peak of 66% in 2011.

Cinemas, museums, historical places, street arts and cultural festivals were visited by more people in 2017 compared to 2012 - an increase in each case of about five percentage points.

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