Indices of Deprivation 2015 – some reports

Oxford city council has published both summary findings and a detailed report on the updated deprivation statistics.

The report notes that although the majority of Oxford LSOAs are in the least deprived half of the 2015 Indices there is still a “significant proportion” of areas in the most deprived 30% nationally (18 of 83 LSOAs). It observes that key aspects of relative deprivation here are “low income (especially child poverty) and poor educational attainment.”

There are detailed visual breakdowns of deprivation by domain showing comparison between the 2010 and 2015 indices:

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Manchester City Council has a summary report on the new indices. The city ranks as the fifth most deprived local authority in England “with 40.8% of the city’s LSOAs in the most deprived 10% in the country.” The health domain is identified as the largest factor in Manchester’s relative deprivation, with its LSOAs ranked second nationally for average score and first for proportion of LSOAs in the most deprived decile. They also look at the Greater Manchester area and the region. Just over a fifth (20.8%) of LSOAs in Greater Manchester are in the 10% most deprived nationally – for the North West region this is just under a fifth (19.6%). In fact, the report notes that the North West “has a greater proportion of its LSOAs in the most deprived 10% than any other region.”

A map breaks down local deprivation, highlighting top 1% and 5% LSOAs:

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A very different picture is provided at county level by Somerset Intelligence who have published an IMD 2015 summary report. Key points include:

  • Somerset is generally less deprived than the national average.
  • The number of Somerset LSOAs in the most deprived 20% nationally has increased from 14 in IMD 2010 to 25 in IMD 2015.
  • The highest levels of deprivation in the county are in larger urban areas.
  • The most deprived LSOA is the Lambrook/Halcon area of Taunton and the least deprived LSOA is the Sampson’s Wood area of Yeovil.

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“Since 2010 there has been a noticeable shift in the profile towards greater deprivation in Somerset, relative to the rest of England.”

Finally here’s a deprivation report by the Local Information System for East Sussex, East Sussex In Figures. The county has a higher proportion of LSOAs in the most deprived decile than the figure for the larger South East region – 6% compared to 3%. It also has a smaller proportion of LSOAs in the least deprived 10% – 7% compared to 21% for the South East as a whole. Some more takeaways:

  • Hastings is the most deprived local authority in the South East, ranking as 13th in England for proportion of LSOAs in the most deprived decile.
  • On the other hand Lewes and Wealden have no LSOAs in the most deprived 10%.
  • Eastbourne appears to have experienced a decrease in relative deprivation as 37 LSOAs now rank in a less deprived decile than in 2010 and only 3 rank in a more deprived decile.
  • 30% of East Sussex LSOAs have a higher proportion of children living in income deprived families than the national average.

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  1. Ruth Addison - February 23, 2016 3:55 pm

    It’s interesting to see how other councils have presented IMD data. I’ve noticed that many bodies haven’t chosen to follow the national colours for IMD – dark blue for most deprived going to bright yellow for least deprived – as in the East Sussex map (Indices of Deprivation 2015 – some reports). I like the national colours and wonder whether someone put a lot of thought into them? I like the way the colours blend together because that reflects the fact that there’s a continuum of levels of deprivation. The way the yellows blend reflects the fact that there’s not so much differentiation at the less deprived end. In the past, we used red for the most deprived areas – but that can be a ‘stigmatizing’ colour. We’ll be following the national colours when we finally get our profiles published on the Leeds Observatory (soon).
    Am I reading too much into the colour choices?!

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