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Major survey reveals money fears

26 August 09 11:34 GMT

More than one-in-four single parent households in Scotland say they are struggling financially, a survey has suggested.

The Scottish Household Survey also found that 20% of single households were "not managing well" with money.

The number of people with savings fell from 51% to 48% in 2008, while those with no savings at all rose to 42%.

Published by the Scottish Government, the survey gives an indication of various social trends.

A clear majority (60%) of Scotland's households have internet access, while 54% have a broadband connection, although this figure drops to just 27% among deprived households.

Overall, 33% of adults said they did not use the internet at all.

Downward trend

The statistics showed that most people liked the place where they lived and that two thirds (66%) travelled to work by car, a slight fall on the 2007 figure (68%)

In the most deprived areas, 45% of adults said their neighbourhood had "no sense of community" or had problems with anti-social behaviour issues. That compared with just 20% in other parts of Scotland.

The survey found 59% were satisfied with their local health services, schools and public transport, but only 41% of adults believed that their council provided high quality services. The proportion of households recycling their rubbish has risen to 87%.

The figures suggested that more than a third of Scots households contained only one adult and 23% of adults had no qualifications.

Other statistics indicated a general downwards trend in the proportion of adults who smoked, down from 25.7% in 2007 to 25.2% in 2008.

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