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Local Government Wards

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the disparity was between the least and the most deprived wards in each local government area, ranked in descending order, in the most recent year for which figures are available. (101401)

The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 provides the most recent figures on deprivation for England. Deprivation is measured at Lower Layer Super Output Area (SOA) level rather than at ward level as the former allows better identification of small pockets of deprivation and overcomes problems associated with changing ward boundaries.

A table has been placed in the Library of the House providing a list of all local authority areas in England showing the percentage of each authority’s SOAs that fall within the 10 per cent. most and 10 per cent. least deprived in England.