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Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) 2015

As part of the Income Domain of the Indices of Deprivation 2015, a supplementary index has also been published which measures the proportion of children who are raised in income-deprived* households. 

 

Bedford Borough Children Living in Income-Deprived Households

Across the Borough, 18.9% of children live in income-deprived households and the Borough is ranked 131 of 326 English local authorities, where 1 is the most deprived.

However, levels of child deprivation vary greatly by area, ranging from a high of 52% in LSOA 477 in Cauldwell ward to a low of 3% in LSOA 544 in Sharnbrook ward**.

The Borough has 5 LSOAs among the 0-10% most deprived areas in England on the IDACI measure, 11 LSOAs among the 10-20% most deprived, and 11 among the 20-30% most deprived. 

Of these 27 LSOAs, 25 are located in the urban area, with the most severe deprivation in parts of Cauldwell, Goldington, Kingsbrook and Queens Park wards.

These 25 deprived LSOAs in the urban area are shown on this map; the 2 rural LSOAs are located in Eastcotts (Shortstown) and Wilshamstead (Wixams) wards.

 

Changes between 2010 and 2015

Compared to the last IDACI measure published in 2010, the number of LSOAs in the Borough which fall within the 0-30% most deprived areas nationally has risen from 24 to 27. 

However, the number within the 0-10% most severely deprived areas declined from 9 in 2010 to 5 in 2015, and the overall Borough proportion declined from 20.1% in 2010 to 18.9% in 2015.

A comparison of the 2010 and 2015 data across all of the IDACI deciles is shown in Figure 1:

Figure 1 :  Comparison of Bedford Borough IDACI Decile Rankings in 2010 and 2015

IDACI 2015 and 2010

Source: DCLG, Indices of Deprivation 2010 and 2015.

 

* Defined as families that either receive Income Support or income-based Jobseekers Allowance or income-based Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit (Guarantee) or families not in receipt of these benefits but in receipt of Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit with an equivalised income (excluding housing benefit) below 60% of the national median before housing costs.

** See the Introduction to the Indices of Deprivation 2015 for an explanation of how deprivation decile rankings are calculated and for a definition of LSOAs.

For further information, please contact: intelligence@bedford.gov.uk

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