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East Lothian

  Area Overview

  • Population: (c) 105,800
  • Location: East Coast of Scotland
  • Size: 679 square kilometres

Of the 32 Local Authorities in Scotland, East Lothian has the 22nd highest population, with 61.9% of residents being of working age, between 16-64 years old. 

Between January and December 2017 there was 3,200 workless households within the East Lothian Local Authority area. This represents 10.2% of households, which is lower than the national average of 18%.

This data and more detailed information on topics like, Economy, Health, Housing, Crime, Safety and Education in East Lothian can be found at East Lothian Local Authority Profile and East Lothian Regional Skills Assessment Infographic 2018.

Key Contacts

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structures

The East Lothian Partnership Forum brings together all of East Lothian's Community Planning partners; including a full range of statutory partners, local partnerships and third sector organisations. The partnership will work in collaboration to deliver the outcomes of the East Lothian Community Plan 2017- 27.

Details on the community planning partnership in East Lothian can be found here.

City Region Deals

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is a mechanism for accelerating growth by pulling significant government investment. By investing this funding in innovation, skills and infrastructure, performance will be significantly improved and we will tackle inequality and deprivation.

You can find details of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal here.

Management Information System 
To be advised….

Key Documents

Employability Strategies / Action Plans / Business Plans 


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles
The East Lothian 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:

Local Statistics

Local statistics provide an overview of East Lothian, on a range of issues including those that affect the quality of life of East Lothian residents; allowing local partners to identify and understand local needs. 

Small Area Statistics 

Small Area Statistics East Lothian covers a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above. The provide standard reports and more in detail reports to your own specificiations.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

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.

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.

Local Services

  • East Lothian Works is the ideal stopping point for adults and young people looking for information and advice on improving employability skills, including job searching and interview techniques. The service also offers training and development opportunities, advice and support for new and existing businesses.
  • Skills Development Scotland have a local career centre in Musselburgh.
  • STRiVE is the leading third sector interface in East Lothian providing support, learning and development opportunities, for both individuals and organisations through; volunteering, organisational support and youth adventure and wellbeing teams.
  • Edinburgh College offers a variety of vocational and academic courses, providing flexible learning opportunities, to suit all learning needs.
  • Queen Margaret University offers a balance of theoretical and practical education.


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