Measuring Social Exclusion in Stratford-on-Avon District

12th January 2015

As part of its work to review its approach to improving social exclusion Stratford-on-Avon District Council commissioned the Warwickshire Observatory to produce an index of social exclusion for the District.  The project was led by a steering group made up of a range of partner agencies that included the District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Stratford Town Trust, Stratford Citizens Advice Bureau, Voluntary Action Stratford-upon-Avon and the Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership.

Data collected for the analysis fell into seven themes; isolation, cohesion, health and well-being, employment/education/training, housing condition, housing need and income & debt.  A total of thirty nine indicators sat within these themes. As the steering group felt that some of the themes had more of an impact on social exclusion greater weighting was given to the data in these.   The final weightings were therefore as follows:

Theme Weighting
Income & Debt 20%
Employment, Education and Training (EET) 20%
Health & Wellbeing 13%*
 Housing Condition 13%*
Housing Need 13%*
Isolation 13%*
Cohesion 7%*


*Rounded to nearest percentage point. Figures may not sum due to rounding.

In order that work to address social exclusion could be as targeted as possible the results were presented at lower layer super output area (LSOA).  The finding show that the three most socially excluded LSOAs are Maybird, Stratford Mount Pleasant and Alcester North & Conway. Overall there is an urban/rural split in the District with average urban LSOAs being more socially excluded than the rural areas.  The results for the whole District are shown in the map.












The full Report and Appendices are available via these links:

Stratford Social Exclusion Index Report (PDF, 10.75 MB)