Disaggregation of Social Report indicators
Ideally, it would be possible to break down each indicator by
sub-populations of interest, such as age, sex, ethnicity,
socio-economic status, disability status and regional and local
authority. Most indicators can be broken down by sex and ethnicity.3 However, the majority of the
indicators rely on data sources that do not allow us to disaggregate by
socio-economic status or disability status because this type of
information is not collected, or sample sizes are too small to allow
this form of disaggregation.
For some indicators (eg unemployment and employment) detailed
disaggregations are possible. However, the two-page format for each
indicator in the report precludes the inclusion of more information
than is currently provided.
There is an increasing demand for information on social
wellbeing at a regional and local authority level. This largely results
from the introduction of the Local Government Act 2002, which requires
regional and local authorities to monitor community outcomes. In
response to this demand, last year we disaggregated those Social Report
indicators for which there was subnational data to regional and
territorial authority boundaries. This information was intended to help
local authorities identify areas of comparative strength and weakness
within their communities, as well as to assist central government
agencies in their work at a local level.
We have updated these indicators this year where more recent
data is available and we have added some new indicators. We have also
provided time series information where historical data is available.
The regional and local authority indicators are in the regional
section of this website. Information for the 16 regions only is
also available in hardcopy books that complement the Social Report.