Deprivation indices

This page outlines some of the key data and documents around deprivation and social issues in Milton Keynes.

Did You Know?
  • Milton Keynes is ranked 181 out of 326 Local Authority Districts (with 1 being the most deprived) in the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (in 2010 it was in 211).
  • In August 2013 9.4% of the working population are claiming worklessness benefits.
  • The largest Output Area Classification categories in Milton Keynes are Prospering Suburbs (29.2% of the population) and Typical Traits (28.7%).
Social Atlas

The Social Atlas is a key tool bringing together a wide range of social and economic indicators that give a quantitative description of all estates across Milton Keynes. Click on the link below to access the latest publication and data as well as previous copies.

Index of Multiple Deprivation

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), produced by the department for communities and local government, is the main indicator of deprivation in England. Figures are released at district and lower super output area. The following article gives information and links to data on the IMD 2015.

Deprivation by School

This link gives an average deprivation score and rank by school based on pupil addresses and the IMD score of their home address:

Child Poverty

Milton Keynes Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which contains a topic on child poverty:

This table shows the data for the local Children in Low-Income Families measure (formerly National Indicator 116) at Ward level for Milton Keynes from 2006 to 2011:

This table shows the data for the local Children in Low-Income Families (formerly National Indicator 116) at local authority level from 2006 to 2011:

The Child Wellbeing Index (CWI) is produced for Communities and Local Government. The LSOA with a rank of 1 has the highest level of child well-being, and 32,482 the lowest child well-being in England, on this overall measure. A map showing the results for Milton Keynes can be found on the link below.

Output Area Classification

The Office for National Statistics has produced a free open source geodemographic tool. The Output Area Classification (OAC) distils key results from the 2001 Census for the whole of the UK to indicate the character of local areas. OAC can be used to generate a picture of an area as well helping target policies and communications to specific groups of people.

The data and analysis for Milton Keynes as well as details of the methodology used to create OAC are available on the link below:


The links below show the number and proportion of working age people claiming out of work benefits:

The data comes from the Department of Work and Pension’s Working Age Client Group (WACG) data and includes people claiming the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefits
  • Lone Parent – Income Support
  • Other Income related benefits

Therefore the data includes people actively seeking work and also those who are unable work. The rate is the percentage of the working age population (16-64) claiming the out of work benefits noted above. Figures included here were downloaded from the NOMIS website.

Figures are released each quarter with a lag of around 6 months.

Other related information on worklessness includes:

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

This JSNA provides a description of a range of factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of people who live in Milton Keynes, including physical and mental health and the wider determinants of health such as housing, employment, education, lifestyles, crime and disorder. It outlines the key areas of success, key areas impacting on health inequalities and priorities for the future.

Further Information

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For more information on any deprivation and social data please contact or 01908 254697