Using the Index of Multiple Deprivation to Shape Christian Mission in South Leeds


Summary of Meeting - 26 April 2010

On Monday 26 April a presentation was made to people from LS10 and LS11 about the work that has been done, asking how this might best be used by the Church in the future.  A summary of that meeting is here, and the presentation slides here.



Download the full report, including appendices, here.


Summary of Report

(Download a copy of this here. )
This report, and the research behind it, aims to help the Church in South Leeds to further shape its priorities in mission according to the specific needs of its local communities. To enable this the report provides analysis of the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007, displaying it for communities (Lower Level Super Output Areas – LSOAs) of around 1,500 people, and breaking this down for specific types of deprivation such as income, health, employment and education. Following this it outlines what local government is seeking to do to combat these issues, both on a city-wide level and specific to the situations in the most deprived areas in South Leeds. Finally, a tool is provided for bringing this information together to prompt ideas for how Christian mission responses can be made to these needs.
The main points presented are that:
·        Across South Leeds, the most severe deprivation is focussed in the area of Beeston Hill (in City & Hunslet ward).
·        In City & Hunslet and Beeston & Holbeck it is living environment and pensioner income deprivation that provide a big challenge
·        In Middleton Park education is the domain of most concern.
·        The Leeds Strategic Plan provides a framework for considering the kinds of targets that are being set by private, public and third-sector groups across the city, and therefore can be a helpful tool in considering the priorities the Church may wish to focus on.
·        Intensive Neighbourhood Management provides a more tailored response to the problems that exist in the most-deprived parts of Leeds, with this report picking out the things being done in the most-deprived communities in South Leeds.
·        Ideas can be generated for furthering the work and mission of God and His Church in the area by considering: the needs within the community; the response priorities set by other agencies in these fields; and the current and future capacity and programme of the Church.



Here is a spreadsheet giving in-depth information about all the LSOAs in South Leeds and across the city.



Red denotes a ranking in the most-deprived 3%, yellow denotes a ranking between the most-deprived 3% and 10%, and white denotes a ranking outside the most-deprived 10%.


N.B. LSOA boundaries are approximate and may contain slight errors
Main index:
UK, showing 10% and 20% most-deprived (choose second option under ‘Neighbourhood Characteristics’ on left-hand side menu)
Income Deprivation
Employment Deprivation
City & Hunslet;     
Health Deprivation & Disability
Education Deprivation
Barriers to Housing and Services
Living Environment Deprivation

Wendy Smith, 15/03/2010