How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? This is a collective response from community organisations addressing local wellbeing supported by The National Lottery Community Fund Hidden deprivation often goes unnoticed and can have an impact on community wellbeing. For example: - - Not all members of a community have equal access to utilities. (e.g. individuals or families in temporary accommodation have higher utility costs through having to use a pre-payment meter with higher unit charges) - Communities who have been overlooked for investment can, over time, feel as though they are not worthy of investment - Society perceives more affluent areas of the country as not having a problem with deprivation when this is not the case. People may be reluctant to seek support when in this situation. They are more likely to hide their true circumstances through fear of what their community members would think and there is little opportunity for social contact or seeking support from others experiencing a similar situation Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Hidden deprivation is a problem faced by many communities across Scotland and can manifest itself in many ways, some of which have been described above. As a result, hidden deprivation should be an area that is focused on by the Committee in their future work as this is something that can easily go unnoticed and has a negative impact on community wellbeing.
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