SIMD_2016_CoverA new Scottish Government publication shows the “significant long-term challenge” of tackling deprivation, according to Communities Secretary Angela Constance.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) publication ranks almost 7000 small areas covering all of Scotland from most- to least-deprived. It combines data from across the UK and Scottish Governments, police and the NHS and is promoted across a range of groups to use the statistics to benefit communities.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective analysis for the Scottish Government, local authorities, the NHS and the third sector to target policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation.


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.

SIMD is the official tool for finding the most deprived areas in Scotland. SIMD16 was published on 31 August 2016. Previous SIMDs were published in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.


  • … shows where Scotland’s most deprived areas are, so organisations know where their work can have the biggest impact
  • … is a relative measure of deprivation across small areas in Scotland.
  • … looks at multiple deprivation. ‘Deprived’ does not just mean ‘poor’ or ‘low income’. It can also mean people have fewer resources and opportunities, for example in health and education.