18 April 2011

The lower the rank number, the greater the deprivation

The English indices of deprivation 2010 have just been published by the Department for communities and local government (DCLG). You can access them here in excel files. The ones entitled Local authority summaries and All domains are probably the most immediately useful.

For the indices England is divided into 326 local authorities and 32 482 subwards (officially called lower layer super output areas, LSOAs) in those authorities, each LSOA with a mean average population of around 1500.

There are 327 LSOAs in Cornwall. The LSOAs are in the All domains file. Of course there is only one local authority in the county for the indices, Cornwall unitary council. This is in the Local authority summaries file.

Although the indices are called 2010 most of the data refers to 2008; there is an unavoidable time lag in assembling the data.

The indices cover various domains of deprivation such as income and employment. Each subward is also ranked in order of overall deprivation, the most deprived being 1 and the least 32 482; similarly in the local authorities table 1 is the most deprived and 326 the least.

How do Cornwall LSOAs rank?
Cornwall subwards range in order of deprivation from 749th (part of South ward in Camborne) to 30 387th (part of St Stephen’s ward in Saltash). As I have explained before, we are not the poorest of the poor and the range of deprivation in Cornwall – and prosperity, though that is not what the indices measure – varies greatly and it makes sense to think of Cornwall as many different places with different circumstances and needs.

How does Cornwall unitary authority rank?
Nevertheless it is possible to compare Cornwall as a whole against other local authorities. Cornwall has a rank of 82 in the rank of average ranks, and 110 in the rank of average scores, where 1 is most deprived and 326 is least deprived.

Details of each LSOA in Cornwall
On the unitary council’s website you can access information about the LSOAs in Cornwall through its Neighbourhood Profiles Map which enables you to explore the 327 subwards of Cornwall and names them and their LSOA code number which is needed to identify them in the overall deprivation index: also see here for the LSOA codes for Cornwall and maps and names of the subwards.

Another way is through this link. This takes you to the data for the subwards (LSOAs).