Why is the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2019 important?

By Thames Menteth-Wheelwright, Communications Intern - on 27/09/2019

Against a backdrop of austerity, the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2019 are more important than ever in enabling housing providers to know where to target investment.

OCSI and Deprivation.org, commissioned by the MHCLG, yesterday published the English Indices of Deprivation 2019 – the first release in four years. 

Now live on Community Insight, these datasets, which reveal indicators of deprivation across England, are crucial in enabling housing associations to continue to target investment to those communities who need it the most.

We live in times of deep social and economic inequality. The impact of austerity on many cities, towns and neighborhoods across the UK is reflected concretely in this newest data. But while the IMD 2019 paints a deeply troubling picture of struggling communities across the country, the data also offers an opportunity to affect positive change. It provides the empirical evidence about how and where communities have been left behind.

In doing so, it enables local authorities, housing associations and others to understand where to channel their energies and resources and provides them with a more holistic understanding of how to support their communities, improve services, and transform the lives of the residents within them.

HACT’s Community Insight tool puts this data directly into the hands of housing associations and registered providers. With the knowledge and insight it provides them about their communities, they can make decisions about investment and enable frontline staff to take strategic responsibility for their patches.

Fundamentally, a better understanding of deprivation across populations can shape the way housing and service providers are able to engage with, support and care for the people behind the numbers.

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