National Records for Scotland have published provisional figures for vital events registered in Scotland in the fourth quarter of 2017. The figures show that the number of deaths was greater in the same period of 2016 and the highest for the quarter since 2003. Over the longer term, deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease have decreased considerably whilst the number of deaths from cancer and respiratory disease has risen slightly. There has been a relatively large increase in the number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with such deaths now accounting for more than 10 per cent of all deaths compared to 5 per cent a decade ago.
ISD Scotland have issued the quarterly figures on hospital standardised mortality rates (HSMR) across Scotland for July-September 2017. The figures show a decrease in the overall HSMR.
The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Parliament have produced a report on improving the quality and coverage of economic statistics in Scotland. The report follows a four-month inquiry by the committee, which saw a wide range of economic and business experts and organisations give evidence on the reliability of economic statistics used by the Scottish Government, media and others. The recommendations include ending government pre-release access to market-sensitive data, a feasibility study into more independence in the production of economics statistics in Scotland, and an analysis of what statistics are needed.
The organisation End Child Poverty have published figures on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. There is a report, interactive map, local data spreadsheets and methodology details on the website. The figures show that in some constituencies in the UK more than half of children are growing up in poverty and that some of the most deprived areas of the UK have seen the biggest increases in child poverty since the last local child poverty figures were published in December 2015.
The latest national figures for social care services provided or purchased by local authorities in Scotland have been made available. The report contains summary data on clients of all ages receiving social care services in Scotland and service-level information on older people and working-age adults receiving social care. The figures are provisional as Angus Council failed to submit data for the 2017 report.
The National Records of Scotland have released the figures for births, deaths and other vital events for the third quarter of 2017. The statistics include births, stillbirths, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, including cause of death. They show that over the longer term, deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease have decreased considerably whilst the number of deaths from cancer and respiratory disease has risen slightly. There has been a relatively large increase in the number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with such deaths now accounting for around 10% of all deaths compared to 5% a decade ago.
The numbers of deaths that are alcohol-specific are detailed in the statistics. These are based on the new National Statistics definition.