• Working Group on Data about a Person’s Sex and Gender

    20th September 2019 by

      By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I have been asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to form a group to investigate the collection and presentation of data about sex and gender. In this post, I describe why I’m doing the work, what I’m expecting it to deliver (by when) and...

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  • Want to get access to public sector data and don’t know where to start?

    18th July 2019 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I regularly see where statistics and data used in the public good can improve lives. The recently award winning project linking health and homelessness data has been used to help understand gaps in health services for people who are homeless and to help an approach that is testing whether there...

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  • — our open data resource

    4th July 2019 by

    by Sarah Roberts, Swirrl Whether you want to understand a community or make decisions backed up by evidence, data helps. Open data that can be shared, combined, downloaded or used to build tools off is even better! In this post, I interview Liam Cavin, from the Scottish Government, about freely available data you can use...

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  • Scottish Government Workforce Information

    12th June 2019 by

    The latest update to the Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published. This publication contains information on the numbers of workers, staff sickness rates, and the diversity of staff over the past seven years. At the end of March 2019, there were 6,402 FTE directly employed staff, an increase from last year’s figure of...

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  • Scottish Farm Business Income at six year high

    26th March 2019 by

    Incomes from commercial farms in Scotland have gone up in 2017-18, however the latest annual figures shows that agriculture is still dependent on farm subsidies. The average farm income has risen 19 per cent to £35,400, the highest level over the last six years. This upward trend from the previous year shows that the industry...

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  • Weather helps farmers with winter planting

    12th March 2019 by

    The weather in 2018 has caused mixed fortunes in agriculture. Mild weather at the end of 2018 helped increase the area of winter-planted crops and the warm summer led to more production of hay. However the weather appears to have had a mixed effect on livestock farming. Better weather at the end of 2018 led...

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  • There were 547,691 acres in community ownership at the end of 2017

    18th December 2018 by

    As at December 2017 there were 547,691 acres in community ownership, which is 2.8% of the total land area of Scotland. There were 508 land parcels/assets in community ownership owned by 388 community groups. Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published revised tables that were first included in in the Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland...

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  • Cereal harvest in 2018 affected by weather

    12th December 2018 by

    Cereal production and the area of cereals grown have decreased in 2018. Final estimates for the 2018 cereal and oilseed rape harvest were released today. Around 420,000 hectares of cereals have been grown this year, three per cent lower than 2017. This drop in area, combined with a nine per cent decrease in yield, led...

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  • Considering both physical and mental health

    24th October 2018 by

    According to the World Health Organisation, people with severe mental health problems tend to die earlier than the general population. This can be as much as a 10-25 year life expectancy reduction. The majority of these deaths are attributed to chronic physical medical conditions such as cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases, diabetes and hypertension. The...

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  • Poor weather impacted Scottish Agriculture

    9th October 2018 by

    Poor weather affected the output of Scottish agriculture over the past year. Sheep and cattle numbers fell and there were reductions in the areas of cereals and potatoes. However, the area of soft fruit, which is less dependent on weather conditions, has seen an increase. The snow storm in the spring affected sheep numbers, which...

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