Analysing deprivation indicators for the West Midlands

Today is Blog Action Day when thousands of bloggers unite to write about a single issue on the same day from their own angle. This year the issue is poverty.

In December 2007, we produced some analysis of the West Midlands’ performance on the Indices of Deprivation 2007, along with comparisons with the rest of England (PDF, 110KB).

Based on the overall deprivation scores we calculated the proportion of lower super output areas (LSOAs) in each local authority that were in the 10% most deprived in the country. According to this categorisation the five most deprived districts in the West Midlands are:

  • Birmingham (39.63%)
  • Stoke-​on-​Trent (33.13%)
  • Sandwell (29.41%)
  • Wolverhampton (23.42%)
  • Walsall (19.53%)

These five authorities are also in the top 50 most deprived districts in England.

For comparison purposes we have provided two maps showing the overall performace of the West Midlands by displaying the Lower Super Output Areas by the national quintiles for 2004 and 2007 (click thumbnails to view at full size):

Click to download full size IMD 2004 map

Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2004

Click to download full size IMD 2007 map

Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2007

The Indices of Deprivation are used widely to analyse patterns of deprivation, identify areas that would benefit from special initiatives and as a tool to determine eligibility for funding.

The underlying indicators provide information on issues such as income, employment, health, education, barriers to housing and services, and living environment.

What are we doing going forward?

The Economic Inclusion team at the Observatory carries out research on the issues surrounding inclusion and worklessness in the West Midlands. This includes looking at poverty which can be a contributory factor to economic and social exclusion.

We’re currently developing a set of economic inclusion indicators. These will include an indicator on households in poverty using data from the Households Below Average Income publication from the Department for Work and Pensions and also an indicator on child poverty.

One Response

  1. There was an article in the Birmingham Post a couple of weeks back which cited figures from End Child Poverty which showed the Birmingham Ladywood constituency as having the highest percentage of children living in poverty or in working families which are struggling to get by.

    The Post article, Birmingham children among most deprived in Britain, is available online and the End Child Poverty site has more detailed figures, maps and a news release.

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