This is the summary report for Hard Edges Scotland which has been commissioned by Lankelly Chase and The Robertson Trust and authored by Heriot-Watt University.
The research highlights the complexity of the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage north of the border. It also details the challenges that charitable services and the public sector are facing. In particular, the report illustrates the mismatch between the multiple disadvantages people face and the fact that services are often set up to address ‘single issues’.
This builds directly on Hard Edges, Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage (England) which was published in 2015. That research focused on the key manifestation of SMD involving adults facing issues of homelessness, offending and/or substance dependency.
The full report can be found here.
The technical report can be found here.