Household deprivation classification

Mnemonic reference (code): DEPRIVED

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The dimensions of deprivation used to classify households are indicators based on four selected household characteristics. A household is deprived in a dimension if they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • employment: where any member of a household, who is not a full-time student, is either unemployed or long-term sick,
  • education: no person in the household has at least level 2 education (see highest level of qualification), and no person aged 16-18 is a full-time student,
  • health and disability: any person in the household has general health that is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ or has a long term health problem, and
  • housing: the household's accommodation is either overcrowded, with an occupancy rating -1 or less, or is in a shared dwelling, or has no central heating.

A household is classified as being deprived in none, or one to four of these dimensions in any combination.

Applicability: Household





Household is not deprived in any dimension


Household is deprived in 1 dimension


Household is deprived in 2 dimensions


Household is deprived in 3 dimensions


Household is deprived in 4 dimensions


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Total number of categories: 6

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Household spaces with no usual residents.

Source variables DEPRIVED is derived from:

DEPHDHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPEDHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPHSHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPEMHUK11 (Derived variable)


To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.