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Revealed: Northern Ireland's 10 most deprived areas

By Jonathan Bell

Government statistics have revealed Northern Ireland's most deprived - and its most well off areas.

Click through the gallery to see the most deprived areas ranked from one to 10.

The Multiple Deprivation Measures report ranks each of Northern Ireland's 462 electoral wards in terms of seven distinctive types of deprivation including income, employment, living environment and crime.

Each ward helps make up the 80 district electoral areas for the 11 councils across Northern Ireland.

Data was collected from multiple government departments and agencies as well as from the census and from other official statistics. In all 38 separate indicators were examined. For example,  for the crime and disorder rankings incidents of violent crime, vehicle crime, burglary and anti-social behaviour disorders were considered.

In all the data has been collected and compiled over two years. For over six months a user engagement project was carried out which included  20 public consultation exercises reaching over 700 users including local and central government, private sector organisations, academics, politicians and those in the voluntary sector.

The aim of the consultation was to make clear what the measures were and how they could be used. It was stressed how the entire data set should be considered to get a full understanding of the entire picture in terms of deprivation. For example, while many wards in Belfast were high on overall deprivation, their rankings on access to services, for example, were no where near the most deprived. As this was more common in rural areas.

Most of the information was gathered from the 2015/16 year to produce the results. They have then been combined to produce an overall deprivation measure. And the information can be used by both central and local government to determine social policy and funding decisions.

For the most deprived area, the report ranks north Belfast's Water Works ward on the Antrim Road as number one. While the least deprived was determined to be in the Hillfoot ward on the outskirts of east Belfast.

Those with the highest income live in the Burleigh area of Mid and East Antrim Council. While those on the lowest income ranking live in Crossmaglen.

In employment terms - the highest ranking is for those living in Stranmillis in south Belfast.  While the lowest was found in the City Walls area of Derry.

The highest district for crime  was also the City Walls area of Derry. While Rosstulla in Newtownabbey the least.

The stats also ranked the places with the best and worst living environment. The worst was found to be the Windsor area of Belfast. The best was deemed to be in Ballyclare West - in the Antrim and Newtownabbey council area.

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