Earlier this year, a steering group convened by Warwick District Council commissioned the Observatory to produce an index to assess the scale and distribution of social exclusion in Warwick District. This evidence base will support the District and other partner agencies in reviewing their approach to improving social inclusion.
With the need to understand the geographical spread of social exclusion issues, our analysis focuses on spatial data. However, there was also a recognised need to understand where specific themes may require more attention than others; therefore, the analysis is based upon producing a model that describes social exclusion at a local level whilst also identifying overarching themes that require district-wide attention.
The 53 indicators used in the index were grouped into the following 7 themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Children and Young People
- Income and Labour Market
- Housing and Homes
- Crime and Community Safety
- Communities of Interest
The map and table below show the top ten areas that are most socially excluded across Warwick District according to this bespoke index.
Lillington East in Crown ward is the most socially excluded area on the index. It is the worst performing area for two of the seven themes (Income and Labour Market and Children and Young People) and features in the top ten for five of the seven indicators. This area exhibits a wide range of exclusion related issues rather than a handful of problems which exist elsewhere.
One of the benefits of producing the index at a very local level is areas are identified that may have been previously masked when looking at data at a higher level. This is the case for the two Sydenham areas (ranked 3rd and 4th on the index) which sit within Willes ward. Sydenham North is the worst performing area in the District for two themes (Health & Wellbeing and Communities of Interest) and both areas have a diverse population in terms of the proportion of residents born abroad and ethnicity.
Half of the areas in the top 10 are in Brunswick ward. Stoneleigh is the first rural area to feature on the index as the 8th most socially excluded area in the District.
For more of the key messages and to access the report, please click on the link below:
Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Report
Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Appendices
The steering group have created a short project feedback survey for the Social Inclusion Index work. Please could you spare a few minutes to let us have your feedback on the work and how you plan to use it by clicking on the link below:
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