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Income deprivation

The income domain measures the proportion of the population in an LSOA1 to housing sub-domain[1] that live in income deprivation. The definition of low income used includes both people who are out-of-work and those who are in work but have low earnings (and who satisfy the respective means tests).

Key points

11% of the county’s population are living in income deprived households (20,500 people).

There are 10 areas (LSOAs) in Herefordshire that are among the 25% most deprived nationally, half of these areas are in the South of Hereford City, a further three in Leominster and one each in Bromyard and Ross-on-Wye – all have at least one in five residents affected.

’Golden Post-Newton Farm’ in south Hereford & ‘Leominster Ridgemoor are in the 10% most income deprived in England, affecting one in three residents.

There are 20 LSOAs that are among the 25% least deprived nationally, with only 6% or less of their population living in income deprived households. These are spread across the county with some in Hereford city and the market towns of Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye as well as a number in rural areas.

The income domain is divided into two supplementary indices - one for income deprivation affecting children and one for income deprivation affecting older people. Please see below for further information about these supplementary indices.

Figure 1:  Maps showing the areas of Herefordshire that are amongst the most deprived nationally according to the income domain of the Indices of Deprivation 2015.

Source: Department of Communities and Local Government

1Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are fixed statistical geographies of about 1,500 people designed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For more information please see the useful definitions page.