Technical Note 2021, Issue 155 - Chief Social Work Officer’s Annual Report 2020-2021

Report by: 
Gerry Cornes, Chief Executive
TN Number: 
Chief Social Work Officer’s Annual Report 2020-2021
Responsible Officer: 
Caroline Sinclair, Interim Chief Officer/ Chief Social Work Officer - HSCP
This Technical Note will be published on the Council’s website following circulation to Member. Its contents may be disclosed or shared outwith the Council.

1.The purpose of this technical note is to provide clarity to population projections cited in the Chief Social Work Officers Annual Report for 2020-2021 which was included within the Council Committee papers of the 23rd September, referenced CE/04/21 agenda item 12.

2.Under section four of the report, titled ‘Social Services Delivery Landscape’, there are two population projection graphs which refer to projection assessments made at two different points in time (two years apart).  The first graph is included because it breaks down the under 65 projections into children and young people, and potential working age adults. It covers the time period 2016 – 2041.

Projected % Population Change 2016 – 2041


The second graph gives the most recent projection from the National Records of Scotland (NRS). However, it covers a different period of time 2018 – 2043 and in the two years between the two graphs the projection for older adults has shifted to include a projected decline in the 65 – 74 year age group. 

East Dunbartonshire population projection % by age group for over 65s 2018-2043


3.The explanatory narrative within this section refers to the most up to date projection as displayed within the second graph. It is accepted that while the inclusion of the two graphs, which were both correct at their time of writing, and was aiming to serve two slightly different purposes does create confusion. The issue will be remedied within next year’s report by updating the total population chart to use the same time period as the over 65’s chart, to ensure consistency.

Distribution List: 
All Elected Members, Corporate Management Team, Executive Officers, HSCP Management Team and Corporate Communications