Indices of Deprivation 2015
2019 update: An update to IMD was published at the end of September 2019. We are currently working on updating this page but in the mean time here are some online resources with national information that may be useful
The English Indices of Deprivation, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), are the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England.
The Indices of Deprivation 2015 are based on 37 indicators, organised across seven domains (and sub-domains) of deprivation which are combined, using appropriate weights, to calculate the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). This is an overall measure of multiple deprivation experienced by people living in an area and is calculated for every Lower layer Super Output Area (LSOA), or neighbourhood, in England. Every such neighbourhood is ranked according to its level of deprivation relative to that of other areas. The data can be used to assess which parts of Somerset face particular challenges, down to very small geographical areas.
Most indicators in the 2015 Indices of Deprivation relate to the financial year 2012/13. Previous editions of the indices were published in 2010, 2007 and 2004.
Download Indices of Deprivation 2015 - Somerset Summary
Key messages for Somerset
- Somerset generally is better than the national average in terms of overall levels of deprivation.
- Since 2010 there has been a slight shift towards greater deprivation in Somerset relative to the rest of England, particularly in relation to the quality of housing.
- The number of ‘highly deprived’ neighbourhoods in Somerset (categorised as being within the 20% most deprived in England) increased to 25 in IMD 2015, up from 14 at the time of IMD 2010.
- Around 38,000 Somerset residents now live in a neighbourhood (LSOA) identified as one of the 20% most deprived in England.
- The highest levels of deprivation are found within the county’s larger urban areas.
- The most deprived area of Somerset is the Lambrook / Halcon area of Taunton.
- The least deprived area is in the Sampson’s Wood area of Yeovil, which falls within the 1% least deprived in England.
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Overview of IMD 2015
Combination of maps showing individual domains of deprivation