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January 11, 2017

Focus on strengths

Last September, Scottish Government published its statistics recording where the highest (and lowest) levels of multiple deprivation can be found in Scotland. SIMD data is very precise and highly accessible and as a result those communities with the highest levels of disadvantage were quickly identified by the press. Being labelled a ‘poverty blackspot’ does nothing for an area’s self-image and ignores so many of the strengths that every community posesses. Andy Milne at SURF proposes a counterweight to SIMD which focuses on a community’s assets and aspirations – SIMAA.