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Deprivation Topic Data


Deprivation has a significant impact on health and wellbeing. The Dorset Council areas of deprivation are largely located in the most urban areas - in particular the former borough of Weymouth & Portland - but many of Dorset’s rural communities could also be considered deprived in terms of barriers to housing and essential services. The English Indices of Deprivation divides the Dorset Council geography into 219 areas.

As the number of older people living in rural areas grows, the challenge of access to facilities and pressure on health and care services will accelerate.

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Social deprivation

  • There are ten areas (out of a total of 219) in Dorset within the top 20% most deprived nationally for multiple deprivation, down from 12 in 20101.
  • Nine of these are within the former borough of Weymouth and Portland and one is in the former West Dorset District area.
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived and least deprived areas of the former Dorset County Council area is 6.0 years for men and 5.2 years for women2.
  • 20 of Dorset's neighbourhoods are in the 20% most deprived nationally in relation to education1.
  • 46% of Dorset's population live in rural areas3. Barriers to housing and essential services are significant in Dorset reflecting rurality and distance from services. 66 Dorset neighbourhoods fall in the 20% most deprived nationally for this measure: in the former council areas, 21 are in West Dorset and 20 in North Dorset1.
Deprived areas infographic

Economic deprivation

In the former local authority areas:

  • Seven neighbourhoods in Dorset fall into the top 20% nationally for income deprivation (up from five in 2010) - seven of these are in the former borough of Weymouth and Portland1.
  • Weymouth and Portland residence based weekly earnings are £503 per week compared with £571 in Great Britain4.
  • In Dorset, about 15,400 people aged 16-64, plus 2,800 children live in 12,900 workless households: 12% of Dorset households were workless, slightly below the national figure5.
  • In 2017, lower end house prices were more than ten times higher than lower end earnings in Dorset - and even higher in the former local authority areas of East Dorset and Purbeck6.
Affordability gap infographic

What are we doing about it?

Deprivation can be thought of as a lack of the basic necessities. It covers a wide range of factors that impact heavily on both individuals and families and consequently on council services, as those likely to suffer deprivation rely more heavily on intervention and support from the public sector.

Deprivation is also a key challenge to health and wellbeing with levels of obesity and other lifestyle related conditions higher amongst those living in deprivation. One way that the county council promotes healthy living is by providing information on local sports clubs, gyms, cycle routes and leisure activities.

Dorset’s economic strategy and vision recognises the links between economic prosperity and health and wellbeing and the council aims to help create the right conditions for economic and jobs growth.

Early intervention can prevent problems from escalating. For example, by working with deprived families early on, the council’s Troubled Families programme is intended to reduce demand for costly reactive public services.

Areas of high deprivation also correlate strongly with higher levels of certain types of crime such as anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and burglary1. The council and its partners work together through the Dorset Community Safety Partnership to tackle crime.

Headline Figures

10

Areas of Dorset in most deprived nationally*

46%

Dorset population living in rural areas

10x Higher

Lower end house prices compared to lower end earnings

66

Areas in most deprived nationally for access to housing and services

20

Areas in most deprived nationally for education

7

Areas in most deprived nationally for income

12,900

Workless households

2,800

Children Live in workless households

Headline Figures

10

Areas of Dorset in most deprived nationally*

46%

Dorset population living in rural areas

10x Higher

Lower end house prices compared to lower end earnings

66

Areas in most deprived nationally for access to housing and services

20

Areas in most deprived nationally for education

7

Areas in most deprived nationally for income

12,900

Workless households

2,800

Children Live in workless households


Sources

  • * Most deprived = an area falls within the top 20% nationally
  • 1 English Indices of Deprivation (2015), DCLG
  • 2 Dorset Health Profile 2018, Public Health England, 03 July 2018
  • 3 Census of Population, 2011
  • 4 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2018), ONS (full time gross weekly earnings)
  • 5 Annual Population Survey (2017), Households by combined economic activity status, ONS
  • 6 Ratio of lower quartile house prices to lower quartile earnings (2017), DCLG

20 Reports

Order by: Newest first

  • State of Dorset 2019

    16 August 2019

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. It covers 10 key areas: Economy, Deprivation, Older People, Children, Health and Care, Natural and Historic Environment, Leisure and Culture, Population, Crime, and Diversity, and covers the area of the new Dorset Council.

    Downloads: 20

  • State of Dorset 2019 – Deprivation

    24 May 2019

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. This report contains the Deprivation topic and covers the area of the new Dorset Council.

    Downloads: 160

  • Our Communities Topic report - Brexit Bulletin 2019

    21 February 2019

    The Office for National Statistics released an analysis showing which parts of the country might feel the most impact of Brexit, based on the representation of employees by sector. This 2019 bulletin looks at the local picture for Dorset, updating our 2017 bulletin.

    Downloads: 121

  • Childhood Obesity

    28 June 2018

    Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the UK. This bulletin looks at the local situation and the actions being taken to tackle it.

    Downloads: 157

  • State of Dorset 2018

    03 April 2018

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. It covers 10 key areas: Economy, Deprivation, Older People, Children, Health and Care, Natural and Historic Environment, Leisure and Culture, Population, Crime, and Diversity.

    Downloads: 578

  • State of Dorset 2018 - Deprivation

    03 April 2018

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. This report contains just the Deprivation topic.

    Downloads: 292

  • Income Levels in Dorset 2016

    02 January 2018

    A study of income levels in Dorset following the publication of experimental data by the Office for National Statistics

    Downloads: 316

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Dorset's Coastal Communities

    06 October 2017

    According to a report written by the Social Market Foundation, on average, coastal communities are less productive economically than non-coastal communities. They often have lower levels of pay, higher rates of unemployment and have populations with lower skill levels and poorer health. Four of Dorset's district councils are coastal communities, along with Bournemouth and Poole. The socioeconomic picture across Dorset's coastal communities varies considerably. This bulletin looks at why this matters for Dorset.

    Downloads: 384

  • Our Communities Topic Report - National Insurance Number (NINo) Registrations Bulletin

    27 September 2017

    A bulletin looking at National Insurance Number (NINo) Registrations in Dorset and why this is important to us. NINo registrations allow us to estimate the numbers of international migrant workers coming to live and work in the Dorset area. This edition will include the latest data for the financial year 2016/17, which was released in August 2017.

    Downloads: 226

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Anxiety Bulletin

    23 August 2017

    Surveys have shown that feelings of anxiety and well-being can change considerably through a person's life. This bulletin looks at anxiety levels across Dorset, including how certain factors can affect levels of anxiety and other measures of well-being.

    Downloads: 265

  • Our Communities Research Report - Child Poverty in Dorset

    08 December 2016

    This edition includes a local perspective on a national issue, using data to build a picture of child poverty across the County and identify priority areas.

    Downloads: 417

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Crime Bulletin

    05 October 2016

    This edition will include a local perspective on a national issue using data to build a picture of crime across the County and identify priority areas. Last year there were 2,321 domestic abuse incidents in Dorset and 9,071 anti-social behavioural incidents across Dorset in 2015/16.

    Downloads: 270

  • Our Communities Topic Report – The Index of Multiple Deprivation by Ward 2015

    25 April 2016

    This edition of Our Communities will look at the recently released Indices of Deprivation, the results of which have now been aggregated to ward level in Dorset adopting a ‘best-fit’ approach.

    Downloads: 801

  • Our Communities Topic Report – Mental Health in Dorset

    01 January 2016

    A recent Dorset CCG report highlights that one in four people at any one time will suffer from poor mental health. This report looks at those households more vulnerable to poor mental health in Dorset based on Experian data.

    Downloads: 515

  • The Indices of Deprivation 2015 - a summary report for Dorset County Council

    01 December 2015

    The English Indices of Deprivation helps identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies both national and local in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country

    Downloads: 901

  • Our Communities Topic Report – Jobs paid less than the living wage

    01 October 2015

    32,000 employee jobs in Dorset are paid less than the living wage. A decent living wage helps improve quality of life by covering the basic cost of living and reducing poverty. This edition of Our Communities pulls out a local perspective on a recently released national dataset.

    Downloads: 315

  • Our Communities Topic Report – The English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015

    01 October 2015

    This edition of Our Communities includes the latest release of the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England. In a national context Dorset as a whole does not score highly in relation to deprivation coming 128th out of 152. However as the report shows there are pockets of deprivation particularly in Weymouth & Portland.

    Downloads: 567

  • Our Communities Topic Report – Childhood Obesity in Dorset

    01 October 2015

    A recently released Public Health England report says we eat too much sugar, leading to weight gain and tooth decay. Children and young people consume three times the recommended amount of sugar on average. This Our Communities Topic report focuses on the local statistics around childhood obesity.

    Downloads: 423

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Digital Exclusion in Dorset

    01 October 2015

    Technology continues to transform our lives and our work, but 23% of UK adults lack the basic digital skills needed to do simple things like pay bills with an app or check their local council website for information. This Our Communities Topic Report focuses on the Dorset results of the recently released Ipsoss Mori Study into digital capability among 15+ year olds in the UK.

    Downloads: 244

  • Research Matters 4 - Ask Dorset Public Engagement Results

    01 August 2015

    Ask Dorset was the biggest community engagement exercise undertaken by Dorset County

    Downloads: 354

13 Related Datasets

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  • Data for EqIAs (diversity data)

    10 July 2019

    Various diversity data for Dorset with national comparators. For assistance in completing Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs).

    Downloads: 46

  • Ratio of House Prices to Earnings

    03 July 2019

    Lower quartile affordability ratio and median earnings affordability ratio

    Downloads: 34

  • 2018 Earning

    09 November 2018

    Median Earnings data on a workplace and residence basis.

    Downloads: 69

  • Life Expectancy by ward 2011-2015

    22 November 2017

    This dataset shows life expectancy at birth by gender for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole's wards.

    Downloads: 47

  • Weymouth & Portland District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Weymouth & Portland. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 458

  • North Dorset District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across North Dorset. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 434

  • West Dorset District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across West Dorset. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 388

  • Purbeck District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Purbeck. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 309

  • Christchurch District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Christchurch. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 332

  • East Dorset District Maps - Indices of Deprivation 2015

    21 September 2016

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across East Dorset. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 353

  • ID 2015 Report

    01 December 2015

    A summary report of the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation for Dorset County Council

    Downloads: 1414

  • ID 2015 Combined Map Base

    01 December 2015

    The combined Map base pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture for Dorset. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 297

  • English Indices of Deprivation 2015

    30 September 2015

    This English Indices of Deprivation helps identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies both national and local in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country.

    Downloads: 457

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Dorset Council Wards 2019

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Excess weight in 4-5 year olds

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Persistent Absence in Dorset

Persistent absence is a serious problem for pupils. Much of the work children miss when they are off is never made up, leaving them at a disadvantage for the remainder of their school career.

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Indices of Deprivation 2015

The English Indices of Deprivation help identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country.

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