Abstracts: May 5th, 2004

The Indices are measures of deprivation and they combine indicators for income, employment, heath deprivation and disability, education, skills and training deprivation, barriers to housing and services, living environment deprivation and crime, into a single deprivation score. The revised indices have data on crime and the living environment for the first time and they also map deprivation in greater detail. Data is now based on 32,000 Super Output Areas rather than 8,400 wards. The new areas cover between 1000 and 3000 people. This provides a more in-depth appreciation of variations in deprivation at a more local level. Information is also available at the local authority district level and county council level.The results show that at area level England’s most deprived 20% of SOAs have just under a third of income deprived people, one in five of women aged 18-59 and men aged 18-64 are employment deprived, just under half of children live in families that are income deprived and about a third of older people are income deprived.

The document is available at: at http://www.odpm.gov.uk/indices