The state of former Scottish coalfields

The State of former Scottish Coalfields

It’s just over two decades since the CRT was founded to help mining communities across Scotland deal with the devastating effects of pit closures. Since 1999 we have been supporting our communities in a wide variety of ways to create opportunities for social and economic growth.

While we’re proud of what’s been achieved, for example in helping young people gain skills and confidence, this new report from Social Value Lab shows the extent of the work that remains to be done.

The report shows that, unfortunately, too many former mining areas are still among Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities and many people are lagging behind when it comes to education. Rates of unemployment and child poverty are too high, and health and wellbeing still need to be improved.

You can download both an overview and the full report below:


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