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Argyll and Bute

Area Overview

  • Population: 86,300
  • Location: West of Scotland
  • Area: 2182 km²
In 2018 Argyll & Bute had a total population of 86,300, with  59.4% of residents being of working age between 16-64 years old.

As of March 2019, 40,200 Argyll and Bute residents were economically active, with resident earnings £482.40, roughly £80.30 below the national weekly average.

Between January and December 2018, there were 3,800 workless households in Argyll and Bute.

This data and more detailed information on topics like, Economy, Health, Housing, Crime, Safety and Education within Argyl and Bute Council can be found at Argyll and Bute Local Area Profile and Regional Skills Assessment - Argyll and Bute.

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structures

Agryll and Bute's Community Planning Partnership's main aim is to work towards and meet the outcomes set within the Argyll and Bute Outcome Improvement Plan. This plan helps to idenitify the particular outcomes which need prioritised by the Community Planning Partnership.

Further information on the Community Planning Partnership, Argyll and Bute Outcome Improvement Plan and associated documments, can be found here.

City Region Deals

"Argyll the Natural Choice" is the proposed Rural Growth Deal for Argyll and Bute. It consists of sixteen different projects set across the local authorities 23 inhabited islands. The deal aims to maximise Argyll's natural resources to deliver a long term benefit not only for the area itself, but for the whole of Scotlands and the UK too.

More information on 'Argyll the Natural Choice' can be found here.

Management Information System

Argyll and Bute are currently in the process of developing an MIS system

Key Documents

Employability Strategies / Action Plans / Business Plans


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles

The Argyll and Bute Labour Market Profile brings together data from several sources, and includes information on employment/ unemployment,  economic inactivity,  employment by occupation, qualifications, earnings by residence, out-of-work benefits and jobs (total jobs/ employee jobs). 

Skills Development Scotland  

Skills Development Scotland have prepared local labour market information and intelligence for each of the unitary authorities in Scotland that includes:

  • Employment rates
  • Claimant count unemployment
  • Top 10 vacancies by occupation
  • Youth unemployment

 Link to the LMI profiles can be found here.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprevation 

The SIMD provides detail of small areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland. This data allows for effective targetting of policies and funding , where the objective is to target clusters of multiple deprivation.

Community Health Partnership Profile

Case Studies

Here you can read case studies giving details of different programmes and success stories in the area:

Further Information

Here you can find documents and news stories about initiatives that have taken place in the local area.

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Local services

You can find some of Argyll and Bute's local services at:




Local Employability Lead: Ishabel Bremner

Local Welfare Reform Lead: Fergus Walker

Health and Social Care: Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership

Criminal Justice Lead: Shona Williams

Housing Advice and Homelessness Services: Douglas Whyte

Community Learning and Development: Martin Turnbull

Local College:UHI: Argyll and Bute

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