Lancaster’s most deprived areas revealed in latest 2021 census results
The figures are part of a more detailed set of results from the England and Wales snapshot captured in March last year. As part of the 2021 census, all households in England and Wales were classified according to four different ‘deprivation dimensions’, based on certain characteristics.
The first concerns cases where a member of a household, who is not a full-time student, is unemployed or in long-term illness, and the second covers households where no one has at least five GCSEs or more or equivalent qualifications, and none 16-18 year olds in the hostel are full-time students.
The third dimension corresponds to the case where a person in the household has a “poor” or “very bad” general state of health or has a long-term health problem, and the fourth when the household dwelling is either overcrowded or in a shared accommodation, or it has no central heating.
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This meant the area was broadly in line with the England and Wales average of 51.7%. It was also down from 56% in the last census in 2011.
Another breakdown reveals which of the region’s 18 neighborhoods was most affected by deprivation last year.
In Lancaster District, the three areas with the highest deprivation rates were:
1) Morecambe Town – 65.4% of households here were deprived of at least one dimension at the time of the 2021 census, up from 71.1% in 2011.
2) Morecambe Westgate – 63.9%, down from 68.3% in 2011.
3) Morecambe West End – 63.4%, down from 71.5% in 2011.
In contrast, the neighborhood with the lowest level of deprivation was University, Galgate and Dolphinholme, with 41.6% of households.
The ONS said deprivation is a “complex topic”, adding that more detailed information will come in future releases of the 2021 census data.