The SIMD is the official tool for identifying deprivation across Scotland. It is carried out every three or four years. This index consists of a table of overall scores for multiple deprivation, based on seven domains, across small areas known as datazones. The index ranks each data zone from the most to the least multiply deprived. There are 6976 datazones across Scotland.

Our CPP analysts use this index to help them identify areas of concern. Along with other local data and community views, this can be used by locality partnerships to identify the priorities for action.

This Briefing and  presentation  explains the SIMD further and summarises the most recent information published.