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Deprivation Topic Data


Deprivation has a significant impact on health and wellbeing. Dorset's areas of deprivation are largely located in the most urban areas - in particular Weymouth & Portland - but many of Dorset's rural communities could also be considered deprived in terms of barriers to housing and essential services.

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.

Social deprivation

  • There are twelve areas (out of a total of 249) in Dorset within the top 20% most deprived nationally for multiple deprivation, down from 13 in 20101.
  • Nine of these are within the urban borough of Weymouth and Portland, two are in Christchurch
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived and least deprived areas of Dorset is 6.4 years for men and 5.5 years for women2.
  • 5 of Dorset's neighbourhoods are in the 20% most deprived nationally in relation to crime. All of these are in Weymouth and Portland1.
  • 41% of Dorset's population live in rural areas3. Barriers to housing and essential services are significant in Dorset reflecting rurality and distance from services. 67 Dorset neighbourhoods fall in the 20% most deprived nationally for this measure: 21 are in West Dorset and 20 in North Dorset1.
Deprived areas infographic

Economic deprivation

  • Nine neighbourhoods in Dorset fall into the top 20% nationally for income deprivation - seven of these are in Weymouth and Portland1.
  • Weymouth and Portland residence based weekly earnings are £469 per week compared with £520 in Great Britain4.
  • In Dorset, about 16,000 people and 1,300 children live in 13,300 workless households: 11% of Dorset households were workless compared to 17% nationally5.
  • In 2013, lower end house prices were nine times higher than lower end earnings in Dorset - and even higher in East Dorset, Christchurch, Purbeck and West Dorset6.
Affordability gap infographic

Why does it matter?

Deprivation impacts 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. Low income households will qualify for additional assistance for a range of council services such as Adult and Community Services and Children's Services.

Areas of high deprivation also correlate strongly with higher levels of certain types of crime such as anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and burglary.

Deprivation is also a key challenge to health and well-being with levels of obesity and other lifestyle related conditions higher amongst those living in deprivation.

For those suffering deprivation in rural areas, poor access to services can exacerbate problems that they already face. Social isolation provides a challenge for the provision of council services.

Headline Figures

12

Areas of Dorset most deprived nationally

41%

Dorset population living in rural areas

9x Higher

Lower end house prices compared to lower end earnings

67

Areas in most deprived nationally for access to housing and services

5

Areas in most deprived nationally for crime

9

Areas in most deprived nationally for income

13,300

Workless households

1,300

Children live in workless households


Sources

  • 1 English Indices of Deprivation (2015), DCLG
  • 2 Life Expectancy, 2009-11, ONS
  • 3 Census of Population, 2011
  • 4 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2014), ONS (full time gross weekly earnings)
  • 5 Annual Population Survey (2013), ONS
  • 6 Ratio of lower quartile house prices to lower quartile earnings (2013), DCLG

10 Related Datasets

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  • 2015 Mid Year Estimates Country, County, UA and LA level

    23 June 2016

    District level and above population estimates by sex and single year of age.

    Downloads: 137

  • ID 2015 Report

    01 December 2015

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

    Downloads: 99

  • 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: 98

  • Earnings

    27 November 2015

    Median Earnings data on a workplace and residence basis.

    Downloads: 73

  • 2014 Ward Level Mid Year Estimates

    25 November 2015

    Ward level population estimates by 5 year age groups

    Downloads: 10

  • Life Expectancy

    04 November 2015

    This dataset shows life expectancy at birth by gender for Dorset's districts, B'mth, Poole, Dorset, the South West and England & Wales.

    Downloads: 83

  • 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: 129

  • Mid Year Estimates Country, County, UA and LA level

    25 June 2015

    District level and above population estimates by sex and single year of age.

    Downloads: 100

  • Experimental Parish Population Estimates 2013

    01 January 2015

    Total Population by 5 year age groups for 2013. Based upon 2013 Mid year estimates by output area following census release and 2013 Patient Register data. Where output areas do not match parish boundaries a combination of Patient Register data has been used to estimate the population.

    Downloads: 83

  • Ratio of Lower Quartile House Prices to Lower Quartile Earnings

    24 April 2014

    Lower quartile affordability ratio

    Downloads: 45

11 Reports

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  • 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: 217

  • 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: 172

  • 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: 287

  • State of Dorset - Deprivation

    01 October 2015

    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: 227

  • State of Dorset 2015

    01 October 2015

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

    Downloads: 434

  • 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: 87

  • 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: 87

  • 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: 60

  • 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: 105

  • Research Matters 4 - Ask Dorset Public Engagement Results

    01 August 2015

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

    Downloads: 84

  • Our Communities Topic Report – Unemployment in Dorset

    01 April 2015

    2014 saw the lowest long-term unemployment in Dorset since 2011. Claimant rate is 0.9%, substantially lower than the national rate of 2.0%. However 29% of Dorset claimants are aged 16-24 – higher than the national level of 23%.

    Downloads: 82