Day-to-day data

24th July 2020

“Official and impartial statistics about people’s own local area are too often unavailable or difficult to access, presenting a major weakness both to local policy-making, and to democracy as people struggle to identify their area in the national picture. Geographical inequality is widely spoken of, but we need national, regional and local statistics to assess and solve problems.”
Royal Statistical Society (2017). Increasing access to local data.

Inequality is something we hear about increasingly in the media – whether about ethnicity, gender, age, income, or geography.  In fact, data shows that the UK is the 3rd most unequal country of European countries, when comparing the income and living conditions of the population 1.

But what does this mean for people living in the UK? And at a smaller level, in Sutton?

Data.Sutton is the Council’s website where you can find up to date, local information about the borough and communities living here. It’s a great way to compare Sutton’s population and performance in key areas to regional and national averages. This can help you identify how Sutton fits into the national picture.

We will update the site frequently so you have access to the most up to date data about the Borough, and the local knowledge and insight we’re developing as a council.

1 OECD (2020), Income inequality (indicator). (Accessed via on 24 July 2020)

The ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’ – what does it mean for Sutton?

29th July 2020

The Index of Multiple Deprivation, or IMD, is the official measure of relative deprivation in England. Combining 7 different domains, the IMD measures small areas across the country from 1 to 32,844. 1 being the most deprived and 32,844 being the least deprived. The 7 domains, and their weightings, are:

Income (22.5%)

Employment (22.5%)

Education & Skills (13.5%)

Health (13.5%)

Crime (9.3%)

 Barriers to Housing & Services (9.3%)

Living Environment (9.3%)


Index of Multiple Deprivation. What can it be used for? Identifying the most deprived areas in England. Comparing neighbourhoods and local authorities. Identifying areas with the greatest need for services. Identifying inequality within a Borough. Bidding for, or giving funding. What can't it be used for? Quantifying how deprived an area is on its own. Measuring affluence. Identifying how an area has changed over time. What does it mean for people in Sutton? 4% of children living in the least deprived neighbourhoods receive free school meals, compared to 34% of children in the most deprived neighbourhoods. The average household income in the least deprived neighbourhoods is £61k, compared to £41k in the most deprived neighbourhoods. 4% of over 65s living in the least deprived neighbourhoods receive income benefits, compared to 33% of over 65s in the most deprived neighbourhoods. If you want to know more, visit the 'Deprivation' page on Data.Sutton.

More analysis about deprivation in Sutton can be viewed on the Index of Multiple Deprivation page, or through neighbourhood and ward level story-maps.

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