The Places and Health programme at University of Glasgow have published a nationwide equity assessment of the 20-minute neighbourhood policy in Scotland.

The research explored access to 10 health, transport, education, social and recreational domains for all residential locations in Scotland. The research found that one in five residential locations had access to all ten 20-minute neighbourhood (MN) domains (Urban: 27%, Rural: 5%).

96% of urban and 84% of all residential locations were within a 10-min walk a public open space.

Across all domains, access was greater within the most deprived areas and in areas where individual health status tends to be worse.

A policy focusing solely on improving access to key facilities and amenities for deprived areas may therefore be ineffective in reducing health inequalities.

Future studies should assess the quality of facilities and co-location with health damaging facilities, particularly within more deprived areas.

The University of Glasgow have also created the Scottish Living Locally Data Portal (SLLDP) for the whole of Scotland. This is an online interactive map that allows you to search for a residential location and see which facilities and amenities are accessibility within a 15, 20 and 30 minute neighbourhood. Data are also provided at datazone and Local Authority level.

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