The most deprived areas of Wales have been revealed, with the latest data showing how fortunes contrast wildly in different areas. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has produced an interactive map exhibiting which communities have the highest rate of households affected by deprivation.
The south Wales valleys has some of the highest rates of deprivation in the country, according to the data. And within those areas there are neighbourhoods that have it worse than others.
According to the ONS, a household is classified as deprived in the education dimension if no-one has at least level two education and no-one aged 16 to 18 years is a full-time student. A household is classified as deprived in the employment dimension if any member, not a full-time student, is either unemployed or disabled.
In terms of health, a household is classified as deprived if any person in the household has general health that is bad or very bad or is identified as disabled. Households are classified as deprived in the housing dimension if the household's accommodation is either overcrowded, in a shared dwelling, or has no central heating
The areas in Cardiff affected most by deprivation are highlighted in light green. These areas are present throughout the city, but are more prevalent on the outskirts. Areas such as Caerau, Ely, Llanedeyrn, St Mellons, Llanrumney and Trowbridge appear to contain a higher rate of homes affected by deprivation than other communities in Cardiff. In Ely East, 74% of households are affected by at least one type of deprivation. Cardiff Bay, Heath, Pontprennau and Radyr are amongst those areas with the lowest rate of homes affected by deprivation. In the communities of Creigiau, Pentyrch and St Fagans, more than 62% of households are not deprived in any dimension.
According to the map, Ravenhill, Penderry and Townhill appear to be the communities with the highest levels of deprivation, whereas Sketty, Mayals, Skewen, Uplands and Llansamlet appear to be amongst those least affected. 71% of homes in Townhill are affected by deprivation, compared to 39% of homes in Mayals. Most communities in Swansea have a rate of affected homes that falls between 60% and 70%.
Parts of north-east Wales are amongst the most deprived in Wales. These areas include Rhyl and Kinmel Bay. In Rhyl South West, around 70% of households are affected by deprivation according to the map. Other areas, such as Abergele, Denbigh West and Gronant have fairly high rates of deprivation, at around 60%. Around 50% of homes are affected by at least one type of deprivation in St Asaph, Dyserth and Mostyn.