Guide to Deprivation Resources

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is the official measure of deprivation in England. We have a number of resources based on the findings of the IMD 2015 (the next IMD is due to be published in summer 2019).
A good place to start is our Index of Multiple Deprivation and Leeds storymap which explains how the Index of Multiple Deprivation works and introduces the deprivation map of Leeds.
The Leeds IMD map with 1%, 3% and 5% areas is an interactive map showing Leeds neighbourhoods (LSOAs*) coloured according to their level of deprivation with the most deprived 10% in England coloured dark blue. Ward boundaries can be switched on or off, and there is the option to highlight neighbourhoods in the most deprived 1%, 3% or 5% in England.

Domains of deprivation storymap shows a separate map for each domain of deprivation. This is good for exploring a particular type of deprivation, like employment, health or education. It’s also good to zoom into a particular area of Leeds and see how the results vary for the different types of deprivation.

Leeds Summary is a profile showing the local authority summary measures for the overall IMD and the separate domains.
Profiles (local areas) show the results for the overall IMD and the separate domains for local areas. Choose wards, Community Committees, Children’s Clusters or Children’s Centre Reach Areas.

Full Leeds IMD results spreadsheet  – download this if you want all the Leeds results on a spreadsheet. It also shows which neighbourhoods (LSOAs*) are in the most deprived 1%, 3% and 5% in England.
Leeds wards IMD ranking – download this for a chart showing Leeds wards ranked by the number of neighbourhoods (LSOAs*) in the most deprived 10% in England.

*See Guidance for an explanation of LSOAs.

Further IMD guidance

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 Infographic– a very simple overview of the Index of Multiple Deprivation produced by the government.

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 Guidance  – a guidance document produced by the government which expands on the information in the infographic and has links to further information.

Domains and Indicators – a list of the data used in the different domains of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

IMD data for postcodes

If you want deprivation data for postcodes (e.g. to see if service users are coming from deprived areas), use this tool –

You just need to paste in your postcodes, or upload a file. The results might look a bit off-putting if you’re not used to the Indices of Deprivation, because it supplies figures for all the separate domains as well as the overall IMD.
What you need is the column – Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile. 1 is the most deprived 10% in England and 10 is the least deprived 10%.

Other poverty and deprivation resources

As well as the Index of Multiple Deprivation data, there is other information about deprivation across the Leeds Observatory. The following sections are particularly relevant:

Economy and Employment theme includes data about benefit claimants, unemployment and fuel poverty.

Children & Young People theme includes data about child poverty.

Financial Inclusion section has information about the work of the Financial Inclusion team, including the Leeds Poverty Fact Book and problem gambling research.

Reports in the Public Health documents section have a lot of information about deprivation and health.