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Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004

CLG (department for Communities and Local Government, formerly known as the ODPM) has issued the Indices of Deprivation 2004. The Indices have been constructed by the Social Disadvantage Research Centre at the University of Oxford on behalf of DCLG.

The Indices are reported at local/district authority level and at county council/unitary authority level.  In terms of results:

  • in the overall ranking of local authorities, Bournemouth ranks 95 out of 354 local authorities (unitaries, districts and London boroughs).  For comparison, Poole ranks 225, Christchurch 247, East Dorset 325, New Forest 286 and Purbeck 248.
  • in the wider South West, Bristol ranked 67 out of 345, Plymouth 76, Torbay 94 and Swindon 171.
  • looking at ‘family’ authorities, Blackpool ranked 24, Brighton and Hove 83, Isle of Wight 126, Southend 114, Hillingdon 166, York 219, Richmond 301.
  • For the first time, the County Council areas (unitaries, counties and London boroughs) are ranked with Bournemouth ranked 67 out 149, Dorset 130, Poole 122, Southampton 68, Portsmouth 64 and Hampshire 140.

Bournemouth’s overall rankings|

At the local level, the geography used is the lower level Super Output Area. These areas are based on groupings of Census Output Areas (typically 5) and represent approximately a minimum population of 1000 with a mean population of 1500.The boundaries are constrained to the wards used for 2001 Census, ie the 2003 (new) wards.

There are seven domains which make up the overall Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2004:

  • Income (Includes two sub domains - the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDAC) 2004 and the Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOP) 2004)
  • Employment
  • Health Deprivation and Disability
  • Education, Skills and Training (Includes two sub domains - Children/Young People and Skills)
  • Barriers to Housing and Services (Includes two sub domains - Wider Barriers and Geographical Barriers)
  • Crime and Disorder
  • Living Environment(Includes two sub domains - The 'indoors' living environment and the 'outdoors' living environment)

The overall score|

Statistics used to generate the IMD

Some of the statistics used to calculate the IMD have been released.

These have been presented in the same format as the other maps to enable users to identify the particular drivers of deprivation in certain areas. 

The details of the additional statistics including the maps and metadata can be found within the appropriate domain or sub-domain pages.

It is important to note that although the individual statistics that have been mapped have been described in terms of deprivation an area cannot be considered deprived based on one indicator alone.  These statistics should only be used to help determine the real drivers behind the overall and domain scores for an individual SOA.

Comparison with the Indices of Deprivation 2000

  • The IoD 2000 comprised the first five domains; Crime and Disorder and Living Environment are the two new domains. (Note Housing and Services were separate domains in 2000)
  • The IoD 2000 used the pre 2003 (old) wards.
  • There are two additional indices - the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDAC) 2004 and the Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOP) 2004. Both are produced at the Super Output Area Lower Layer Level.

A map image| is available which should help to put the LSOAs in context as to the area of Bournemouth that they cover.  View a list of the corresponding LSOA names| suggested by the Research and Information team.

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