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Census 2021: Here are the most deprived areas in Bedford

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The most deprived areas of Bedford have been revealed in the latest 2021 census results.

The figures come as part of a more detailed set of results from the snapshot of England and Wales captured in March last year.

As part of the 2021 census, households in England and Wales were classified in terms of four different "dimensions of deprivation", which are based on certain characteristics.

The first is where any member of a household, who is not a full-time student, is either unemployed or long-term sick, and the second covers households where no person has at least five or more GCSE passes or equivalent qualifications, and no 16 to 18-year-olds at the home are full-time students.

The third dimension is where any person in the household has general health that is “bad” or “very bad” or has a long-term health problem, and the fourth where the household’s accommodation is either overcrowded or is in a shared dwelling, or has no central heating.

Office for National Statistics data show 48.4% of households in Bedford were deprived in at least one of these "dimensions" when the most recent census was carried out.

By contrast, the neighbourhood with the lowest level of deprivation was Bromham and Biddenham, at 35.6% of households.