The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is the official measure of relative deprivation in 32,844 small areas or neighbourhoods in England. We wanted to know how our beneficiaries in England were categorised in the index to understand whether we are directing our support to the most deprived, as might be assumed.
23 per cent of the total value of our grants over five years supported people living in the most deprived areas. Although it might appear that we are not directing enough of our support to those in the most deprived areas, this is a reflection that the levels of household income and savings we allow a beneficiary to hold is higher than most grantmaking charities and therefore our beneficiaries may live in more affluent areas. We also have a separate and more generous financial test for our health, care and wellbeing support which are included here.