Achieving Social Inclusion Across Warwick District

Achieving Social Inclusion across Warwick District

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:

  • Isolation
  • 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.

Index of Social ExclusionLillington 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.

Map of social exclusionOne 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:


Have you tried our interactive mapping tool?

Hopefully you have had the opportunity to take a look at our new Quality of Life in Warwickshire Report.  In previous years, one of the main areas of feedback we’ve received is the need to drill down below the headline county and district figures to see how these economic and social indicators play out at the very local level.

This year, to respond to this need, we have developed our new Instant Atlas tool.  This enables users to examine local data in a number of ways:

  • Identify specific parts of the county
  • Switch between different geographies, such as wards or Super Output Areas
  • Change the colour scheme to enable easier viewing
  • Change the way the data is presented, such as using quartiles or natural breaks to colour the areas
  • Turn background mapping on and off
  • Download the raw data behind the maps
  • Examine trend data at the local level where available
  • Compare areas with each other, including district and county comparisons

Throughout the report you will see our ‘interactive mapping’ button; by clicking on this you will be taken to the Instant Atlas tool.

In addition to this, the following links will take you directly to the specific maps you might be interested in:

Population Data

Workforce / Unemployment

Education & Skills

Income & Earnings

Community Safety




Deprivation & Need

We are really interested to hear your views on how helpful this function is.  It is the first time we have used it in this kind of report and we want to see whether it is meeting user needs.  If is considered useful we can begin to make it available more generally in other projects we do.  Alternatively, it may not be what you need at all, in which case let us know!

Please let us have your comments in the box below.

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2012/13 Annual Report Published…..

Today Warwickshire Observatory publishes the annual Quality of Life report which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.  Some of the issues are easier to influence than others, but the purpose of the report is to provide decision makers with the analysis they need to make more informed choices, and to give all staff in the council a better understanding of the communities that we serve in Warwickshire.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Quality of Life Report and the main innovation this year has been to provide a tool to view and analyse many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level. Throughout the report, you will see the ‘Interactive Map’ icon,  which allows you to examine local data on particular themes through our Instant Atlas tool. This feature also allows downloading of the raw data for each indicator so that you can carry out your own analysis, should you wish to.

This year we have seen some interesting changes, for example where trends may now have reached a turning point and are starting to shift, and where there is little evidence to suggest that inequalities are shrinking.

To find out more please click on the link below to be taken to the report.

2012-13 Quality of Life Report

Any feedback you have can be made through the comments section of our Blog or via Twitter (@WarksObs).

ONS Beyond 2011 Consultation

The dynamic nature of population change, advances in information technology, cost constraints and demand for more frequent and more detailed statistics are driving changes in methods for the provision of population and socio-demographic data in the UK. This trend can be seen across many developed countries.

The Beyond 2011 Programme was formally established in April 2011 to investigate and assess alternative options for producing the population and socio-demographic data required by users in England and Wales.  The Beyond 2011 Programme will carry out a full assessment of all alternative approaches in order to allow the UK Statistics Authority to make a recommendation as to the best way forward to Parliament in 2014. This recommendation will be informed not only by an assessment of the statistical viability of the potential solutions, but also by a consideration of user requirements, public burden, costs and public acceptability. The outcomes will have implications for all population-based statistics in England and Wales and potentially, in the longer term, for the statistical system as a whole. Continue reading

The ‘Numberhood’ mobile phone app

Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) have just released a new mobile phone app called ‘Numberhood’.  The app is designed to provide a range of socio-economic indicators at local authority district level, and lets you compare local statistics with regional and national trends across ten themes.

Having downloaded the app (purely for research purposes!) we can see it may have some value.  Having a range of indicators in one place prevents you having to access a number of different websites, and the app is intuitive and easy to use.

On the other hand, the app only provides some basic headline stats for free (such as age profile, IMD, total recorded cime) and you’ll need to upgrade at a cost of £1.49 to access the more detailed information held within specific themes such as health, economy, housing etc.  Also, the app is really only presenting data that is available elsewhere…for free.

You can find out more at


Handy Collection of Housing Data from Shelter’s Website

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity organisation, has gathered a range of useful housing datasets within each of the following themes: 

  1. Housing Need
  2. Affordability
  3. Supply
  4. Social and Welfare

 A tool providing these datasets can be accessed here.

These data are taken from the relevant government organisations. They are available at district level, if needed, with regional and national comparisons also available. The facility provides a useful summary and is presented in a user-friendly format; we would encourage you to use it as a starting point for housing statistics. 

The Observatory’s Oscar Yau does have some health warnings though…!

Sources: the source is not always obvious and users may not necessarily know where to direct any queries on the data.

Applicability: most of the time publishers just push the data out without giving the users some guidance or warnings for possible wrong use. It should be the duty of any professional bodies to ensure users do not fall into any traps. One example is the data on Housing Starts and Completions under the Supply section.  These statistics are from CLG’s Live Table 253 and the data in this are based on the NHBC and LA Building Control Inspectors P2Q quarterly return.  If you check the completions figures against any local district’s published figures e.g. from their Local Development Framework’s Annual Monitoring Report, you will find that the values in CLG’s Live Table are always lower. The reason is that the P2Q return does not always capture the full amount due to time pressures and other problems. In this instance the P2Q data is only suitable for a quick snapshot at a specific period i.e. the Treasury’s Monetary Policy Committee required the Starts and Completions stats urgently when they’re setting or revising the interest rate because these two are major items in the set of variables used in their model. 

So although this kind of web site is good, the publishers and the government departments who are responsible for the dataset must ensure the process of publishing the data are managed properly and that users should be given clear guidance so as not misuse the figures.

Oscar has spoken!


New consultations on Open Data and the Public Data Corporation

The Government has launched two new consultations, both linked to the ‘transparency’ agenda and how centralised data could be made available to a much broader audience. 

The first consultation, Making Open Data Real, sets out the Government’s proposed approach for the Transparency and Open Data Strategy.  This is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services, and is fundamentally about creating a ‘pull’ (an enhanced right to data) and a ‘push’ (a presumption of publication). The consultation seeks the public’s views on: 

  • enhancing a ‘right to data’, establishing stronger rights for individuals, businesses and other actors to obtain data from public service providers
  • how to set transparency standards that enforce this right to data
  • how public service providers might be held to account for delivering open data
  • ensuring collection and publication of the most useful data
  • making the internal workings of government and the public sector more open
  • how far there is a role for government to stimulate enterprise and market making in the use of open data. 

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