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Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 24 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of deprivation in England was as measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation for each individual indicator of deprivation in each (a) local authority and (b) lower layer super output area in each year since 2000. (318262)

The English indices of deprivation have, since 2004, been produced at lower level super output area (LSOA) level. LSOAs are smaller than wards and are designed to remain consistent in size, and over time, to allow more detailed identification of pockets of deprivation. There are 32,482 LSOAs in England with an average population of 1,500 people.

The indices are presented by ranking each area to show relative, rather than absolute levels of, deprivation. LSOAs are ranked from 1, most deprived, to 32,482, least deprived.

There are a selection of local authority level summary measures. The majority of the domains, and all the underlying indicators, are only published at LSOA level. For full details I refer to the publications on the Communities and Local Government website, as follows:

Indices of deprivation 2007 LSOA and Local Authority summaries can be found at:

Indices of deprivation 2004 LSOA and local authority summaries can be found at:

Before this, the indices were produced for each electoral ward in England. Indices of deprivation 2000 ward summaries can be found at: