HC Deb 06 February 2002 vol 379 cc1008-9W
Mr. Peter Duncan

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the means used by his Department to determine relative deprivation. [33073]

Ms Keeble

[holding answer 5 February 2002]The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions uses the Indices of Deprivation 2000 (ID 2000) as a means of determining how multiply deprived an area is, relative to other areas in England.

The Indices of Deprivation 2000 is made up of: Six domain indices at ward level (Income, Employment, Health, Education, Housing and Geographical Access to Services), An overall ward level Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD 2000). A supplementary Child Poverty Index at ward level, which gives the percentage of children living in households that claim means tested benefits. Six summaries at local authority level of the overall IMD 2000, which allow all 354 local authority districts to be ranked according to each measure. These summaries take account of the different patterns of deprivation found in different areas.

Each ward in England is ranked according to how multiply deprived it is, with the most deprived ward being assigned a rank of one and the least deprived a rank of 8,414, for presentation. The ranks show how a ward compares to all the other wards in the country.

The IMD 2000 is constructed from 33 indicators using the most robust and up-to-date information available to describe deprivation at ward level. This includes information from sources such as Department of Social Security benefits data and University and College Admissions Service data. The indicators were chosen after wide consultation with a number of interested parties including central Government, local government, academics and practitioners.

Number of clergy retiring in year Average age at retirement Number of clergy pensioners who died in year Average age at death
2001 at or after age 65 324 65.9 272 83.5
2001 total including the above 542 63.4 327 82.0
1993 at or after age 65/60 (M/W) 312 66.0 320 81.2
1993 total including the above 470 64.0 372 80.9