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WIMD 2014

Information from the latest Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD).

The latest Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD 2014) was originally released by the Welsh Government (WG) on 26 November 2014.  This page includes detailed information from the latest Index, including the full results for local areas in Swansea and guidance on the data.

WIMD uses the Office for National Statistics 'Lower Super Output Area' (LSOA) geography as its reporting unit, which sub-divides Wales into 1,909 separate geographical areas with an average population of 1,600.  There are now 148 LSOAs within Swansea, most of which fall within Swansea's 36 Electoral Divisions or Wards.

As before, WIMD is made up of eight separate domains (or types) of deprivation: income; employment; health; education; access to services; community safety; physical environment and housing.  Each domain is compiled from a range of different indicators.

Information on the latest Index, and the key results for Swansea, is summarised in the attached PDF Document Briefing Note (PDF, 576KB)Opens new window.  A series of WIMD 2014 local area profiles are also available on this page, which detail LSOA rankings (for the overall Index and by individual domain) within each of Swansea's wards and Communities First areas.  However, rankings are not available for wards.

In WIMD 2014, 18 (12%) of Swansea's 148 LSOAs are in the most deprived 10 per cent in Wales (similar to the overall proportion in 2011). These are listed below (Wales ranking, 1-191, in brackets):

  • Penderry 1 (21)
  • Castle 2 North (27)
  • Townhill 1 (29)
  • Castle 1 (33)
  • Penderry 3 (34)
  • Townhill 2 (41)
  • Mynyddbach 1 (43)
  • Penderry 4 (45)
  • Townhill 3 (49)
  • Townhill 6 (50)
  • Townhill 5 (64)
  • Bonymaen 1 (102)
  • Morriston 9 (116)
  • Morriston 5 (119)
  • Morriston 7 (140)
  • Penderry 6 (142)
  • Penderry 7 (150)
  • St. Thomas 1 (176)

Also available on this page is a PDF Document summary table (PDF, 33KB)Opens new window of the WIMD and domain rankings for Swansea's 148 LSOAs and a file containing the full rankings for LSOAs in Excel Document Wales (Excel, 487KB)Opens new window and Excel Document Swansea (Excel, 107KB)Opens new window. A list of the PDF Document domain indicators (PDF, 20KB)Opens new window used in the 2014 Index is also provided.

The files on these pages now incorporate revisions made to WIMD on 12 August 2015, following the discovery by WG of an error in the income indicator data supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which affected the income domain of WIMD and the overall Index.

The underlying WIMD indicator data, which is combined to create the domain and overall Index ranks, has also been published by WG.  The 2014 data for local areas in Swansea is now available via the WIMD 2014 Indicator data page.

The 2011 (and earlier) WIMD rankings are available on request.  However, it is important to note that the deprivation rankings from the 2014 Index should not be directly compared with those from previous indices, due to methodological reasons including changes in domains and indicators over time.

If you would like any further information or data from WIMD 2014, please contact us.

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