Amidst all the discussion surrounding the newly released deprivation data for England, one finding stands out – wherever you are, there are clear correlations between the different “domains” of deprivation. For instance, consider the link between health deprivation and income deprivation. Of the areas in the bottom decile for health deprivation (Figure 1.), 89% are in one of the bottom two deciles for income deprivation. This works both ways – of places in the bottom decile for income deprivation (Figure 2.), 87% are in the worst fifth for health deprivation.
The release of the English Indices of Deprivation provides a base from which to track the country’s progress since 2015, both socially and economically. An EU referendum and three Prime Ministers later, the past four years have brought with them two simple, but interesting questions: What has changed, and where has it changed?