Continuously shaded for 459 areas from the 1981 census figures on an equal land area map with annotation applied automatically - software by author on an Archimedes computer.
These are the areas which local councils (elected by ward) govern. Spending is allocated by them and local taxes collected. As a result, these are also the units for which most accurate mid-year population estimates are made, and for which migration figures were given in the past. Many separate areas of high unemployment are taking shape at this scale, and the Southern Scottish islands are now under the name of “Argyll and Bute”.
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