Poverty and Deprivation

According to the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation, 10 of Oxford's 83 neighbourhood areas ('Super Output Areas') are among the 20% most deprived areas in England. These areas, which are in the Leys, Rose Hill and Barton areas of the city, experience multiple levels of deprivation – low skills, low incomes and relatively high levels of crime.

The 2008/09 recession caused a rise in unemployment which was particularly acute amongst low income groups and deprived areas. For more information see our economic statistics.

Men and women living in relatively deprived areas have a shorter life expectancy than those living in the least deprived areas. For more information see our health statistics page.

After adjusting for housing costs, 25% of children in Oxford live below the poverty line. Three Oxford neighbourhoods have child poverty rates over 40% (Indices of Deprivation 2015).

In November 2015 Oxford had 7,990 (7.1%) working age residents claiming benefits. Main out-of-work benefits includes the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. Latest figures on the number of benefit claimants


The Indices of Deprivation 2015 - detailed report

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015

Indicators of area deprivation

Child poverty estimates 2013

The Indices of Deprivation 2010 - detailed report

Child Wellbeing Index 2009


Child poverty estimates 2011

Further links

Interactive map of the Index of Multiple Deprivation by Oliver O'Brien at UCL

Oxfordshire Insight's interactive Index of Multiple Deprivation dashboard.

Information about the Child Wellbeing Index 2009

For Richer For Poorer is a high-level report on poverty and marginalisation in the Diocese of Oxford