29 Aug 2012
An extensive household survey comprising the views of people across Scotland on numerous issues has been released today.
The 2011 Scottish Household Survey covered areas from health and community safety, to education and sexual orientation.
Among the findings was the revelation that almost a third of Scottish women are afraid to walk alone at night, while more than one in 10 households said drugs and vandalism were a problem in their area.
25 per cent of people think littering is an issue, and there has been a fall in those managing well financially from month to month.
More than three-quarters of those aged between eight and 21 have no involvement in music or drama activity.
And almost half of that age group don’t participate in any sport, at a time when the SNP is supposed to be giving school children two hours of PE every week.
On a positive note, the number of smokers has fallen to the lowest ever, while nearly three-quarters of homes now have internet access.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont MSP said:
“This survey covers many areas across the whole country, and gives us what can only be described as a mixed picture.
“The SNP claims crime has fallen to a 32-year low, yet more than a tenth of people are saying drug use and vandalism are a problem in their community.
“On top of that, nearly a third of Scottish women do not feel safe while walking alone at night.
“The Scottish Government might like to use recorded crime figures as proof it is not soft on justice, but this assertion isn’t convincing the people of Scotland judging by these results.
“It is also depressing that so many young people are missing out on musical opportunities either in school or college, and this is something that we should be making an effort to change.
“And in the year of the Olympics, and with the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in two years’ time, it is an indictment on Scotland that barely half of young people are involved in any kind of sport.”
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