On the 30 September 2015 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest Indices of Deprivation for local areas in England, more commonly termed the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). The IMD is the most widely used measure of deprivation and is frequently used in Government formulas to allocate funding to local areas.
This note provides a short background to the IMD and some of its weaknesses as a measure of deprivation. It then presents headline findings from the latest release and conclusions on the data release.
Key points to note are:
• The North West has high concentrations of deprivation. 19.6% of neighbourhoods in the region are in the top 10% most deprived in England. However, the North West has improved very slightly relative to the rest of England since the 2010 release when 20.2% were found to be in the most deprived decile.
• The spatial concentration of deprivation across the North West has not significantly changed since the series started in 2000. The 2015 IMD shows concentrations of deprivation in large urban conurbations, areas that have historically had large heavy industry, manufacturing and/or mining sectors, and coastal towns. There are also isolated pockets of deprivation surrounded by more affluent areas.
• Health and employment deprivation are particularly concentrated in the North West and account for a significant proportion of the disparity between the North West and the English average.
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