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Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD)

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  • Release date: 1 December 2015
WIMD is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales. It is designed to identify those small areas where there are the highest concentrations of several different types of deprivation.

Plans for the next WIMD

In 2016 we conducted a user survey to seek feedback on when the next Index update should happen. The WIMD Timing Survey Report is now available. Based on the survey feedback we will work towards a full Index update in 2019. In the interim we will continue annual indicator updates for 2017 and 2018.

WIMD 2014 new outputs – 1 December 2015

On 1 December 2015 the following new outputs were made available:

  • Statistical Article - Area analysis of child deprivation (WIMD indicators 2014)
  • Statistical Article - WIMD: A guide to analysing indicator data
  • StatsWales tables with additional age-splits for seven indicators

These new outputs will support analysis of deprivation of children (and other age groups), allowing some analysis over time and comparisons between areas beyond a simple ranking.

WIMD 2014 revised - 12 August 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions discovered an error in the income indicator data they had provided for the income domain of WIMD which relates to the accidental exclusion of some data on tax credits.

The 'Note of key changes' provides more information on the details of the revision.

WIMD 2014

WIMD 2014 was published on 26 November 2014, using more up-to-date data and improved indicators based on lessons learnt from the production of previous Indexes.

WIMD is currently made up of eight separate domains (or types) of deprivation: income; employment; health; education; access to services; community safety; physical environment and housing. Each domain is compiled from a range of different indicators.

A package of products is available relating to WIMD 2014

  • Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2014
  • Executive summary
  • Statistical Article - Area analysis of child deprivation (WIMD indicators 2014)
  • Guidance on use
  • How WIMD is constructed - Infographic
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Statistical Article - WIMD: A guide to analysing indicator data
Technical Information
  • Technical report
  • Data quality report - To be published in due course under 'Background information'
  • Overall and domain ranks for each Lower Super Output Area (MS Excel)
  • StatsWales
  • WIMD interactive tool (maps and data)
Deprivation in Rural Areas
  • A guide to analysing deprivation in rural areas
  • Exploration of unemployment in Wales by settlement type for small areas


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