English indices of deprivation 2015

The 30th September 2015 saw the publication of the 2015 English indices of deprivation. The indices were updated by the Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Click here to visit the .Gov website and view the official publication.

A Newham summary has been produced by The Corporate GIS and Information team and is available in the resource section of Newham Info. Click here to open the summary


The English indices of deprivation provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas in England called lower super output areas (LSOAs), based on 37 separate indicators, organised across seven different domains of deprivation:

  • Income Deprivation
  • Employment Deprivation
  • Education, Skills and Training Deprivation
  • Health Deprivation and Disability
  • Crime
  • Barriers to Housing and Services
  • Living Environment Deprivation

As far as is possible, each indicator is based on data from the most recent time point available; in practice most indicators relate to the tax year 2012/13. It is important to note that these statistics are a measure of relative deprivation, not affluence, and to recognise that not every person in a highly deprived area will themselves be deprived. Likewise, there will be some deprived people living in the least deprived areas.

The index of multiple deprivation (IMD) is the most widely used of the indices and 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 in England is ranked according to its level of deprivation relative to that of other areas. The IMD is calculated by combing the seven domains, using appropriate weights.

A range of summary measures are available for higher-level geographies including local authority districts and upper tier local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, and clinical commissioning groups. These are based on the geographic boundaries for these areas at the time of publication.

In addition to the IMD, there are seven domain-level indices, and two supplementary indices: the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index and the Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index. DCLG have produced a useful overview infographic click here to open the summary

Key Results for Newham

  • Newham is no longer in the 20 most deprived local authorities.
  • Newham has moved from having a Rank of Extent of Deprivation of 2 to 25.
  • The borough has moved from being ranked 2nd in the rank of average¬†rank to 8th.
  • Average Score: Newham is ranked 23rd, in 2010 the borough was 3rd .
  • Proportion of LSOAs in the 10% most deprived nationally, there are 13 in Newham, in 2010 there were 50.
  • Local Concentration: Newham is ranked 116th, in 2010 the borough was 51.
  • Income scale: Newham is ranked at 13th compared to 8th in 2010.
  • Employment Scale: Newham is ranked 21st compared with 32nd in 2010.

To find out more and for explanations about these measures, click here to open the Indices of deprivation demography bulletin

Below are links to some useful websites for more information about the Incides of Deprivation (ID) 2015:

  • Click here for a mapping tool created to help you explore the ID 2015 further.
  • Click here for OCSI’s website dedicated to the Indices of Deprivation, it contains case studies & examples of how the Indices have been used.
  • Click here to view the Greater London Authority’s Indices of Deprivation 2015 page.
  • Click here for a map containing Newham only data.