WHAT AREA IN SCOTLAND IS THE MOST CARING?
New research has revealed that Na h’Eilenan Siar is officially the kindest area of Scotland. The region ranks highest on an index of the kindest areas in Scotland, boasting the highest number of charities per 100,000 people and some of the lowest carbon emissions in the country.
The research, by care experts Guardian Carers, used the latest data from SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency), the ONS, and Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to explore recycling rates, the number of registered charities and the kilotons of CO2 emitted per square Kilometre in Scotland, in order to discover which Scottish region is the most caring of all.
The Scottish Borders ranks second on the list of the most caring areas in Scotland. The Scottish Borders has among the highest recycling rates, a high number of charities per 100,000 people and one of the lowest levels of CO2 emissions in the whole of Scotland.
Moray, Perth and Kinross and Argyll and Bute also rank high on the index of the most caring areas in Scotland. Argyll and Bute has the lowest amount of carbon emissions – zero kilotons per square kilometre – in the whole of Scotland.
At the other end of the scale, Glasgow ranks lowest on the index, with the highest carbon emissions (13.7 kilotons per square kilometre) in Scotland. Glasgow also has one of the lowest percentages of recycled waste (29.6%) in Scotland and a lower number of registered charities than other areas in the country.
Dundee and Edinburgh are also on the lower end of the index with overall scores of 13.06 and 15.74 respectively.
A spokesperson for Guardian Carers commented on the findings: “This data offers us a compelling insight into which areas of Scotland dominate when it comes to kindness in terms of charity support and environmental awareness. Interestingly, it is the less well-known and more rural areas of Scotland, such as Na h-Eileanan Siar and the Scottish Borders which lead the way when it comes to charity work and helping others, as well as kindness to our environment, above the major cities.”