Estimates of gross value added per capita are not available at ward level. The lowest geographical level for which estimates are available is NUTS (nomenclature of units for territorial statistics) level 3. In England, this is equivalent to counties or groups of unitary authorities.
The Government have taken the current assisted areas map (2000-06) as the baseline for developing the new map. They propose the following indicators to prioritise areas to receive assisted areas status:
adult skills at level 2 and above;
incapacity benefit claimants;
manufacturing share of employment.
Further detail on the proposed designation of assisted areas, including the draft assisted areas map (2007-13), can be found in the DTI document Review of Assisted Areas—Stage 2—The Government’s Response and Draft Assisted Areas Map and accompanying documents, available on the DTI website: www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html and in the Libraries of the House.