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Deprivation in Leicester 2019

The English Indices of Deprivation (IoD) was published by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 26 September 2019.  This release updates the indices released in 2015.

The IMD brings together data covering seven different aspects or 'domains' of deprivation into a weighted overall index for each Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) in England. The scores are then used to rank the LSOAs nationally and to calculate an IMD score for each local authority area. Local authorities are then ranked by their IMD score.  The IMD presents a ranking of relative deprivation between and within local authorities in England.  It is not a measure of affluence in an area, nor a measure of how much more or less deprived an area is compared to another.

The domains used in calculating the index are: Income; Employment; Education, Skills and Training; Health Deprivation and Disability; Crime; Barriers to Housing and Services; Living Environment. There are also two supplementary domains - Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and Income Deprivation Affecting Older People (IDAOPI).

LSOAs are a geographical unit which has an average of 1,500 residents and 650 households.  They were developed following the 2001 Census, through the aggregation of smaller census output areas, to create areas with a reasonably compact shape and which were socially similar (assessed through housing type).  Around one percent of LSOAs were changed following the 2001 Census in order to maintain the characteristics described above.  There are now 32,844 LSOAs in England.  Leicester now has 192 LSOAs.

Leicester IMD

Leicester is ranked 32nd most deprived in IMD2019 out of 317 local authorities, compared with 21st in the 2015 index.

Technical information on the Indices of Deprivation 2019 is available from

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