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Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD)

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  • Release date: 12 August 2015
  • Next update: 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.

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
  • Guidance on use
  • How WIMD is constructed - Infographic
  • Frequently asked questions
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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