THE most deprived areas of Dudley 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 55.8 per cent of households in Dudley were deprived in at least one of these "dimensions" when the most recent census was carried out.

It meant the area stood above the average across England and Wales, of 51.7 per cent. However, it represented a drop from 61.8 per cent at the time of the last census in 2011.

A further breakdown reveals which of the area's 43 neighbourhoods were most affected by deprivation last year.

In Dudley, the five areas with the highest deprivation rates were: 1) Brockmoor and Woodside – 69.3 per cent of households here were deprived in at least one dimension at the time of the 2021 census, down from 74.5 per cent in 2011 2) Russell's Hall – 68 per cent, falling from 74.5 per cent in 2011 3) Lye and Wynall – 66.3 per cent, a drop from 73.1 per cent in 2011 4) New Dock and Eve Hill – 65.3 per cent, down from 72.4 per cent in 2011 5) Dudley Wood and Saltwells – 65.2 per cent, down from 72.1 per cent in 2011 By contrast, the neighbourhood with the lowest level of deprivation was Withymoor Village, at 42.5 per cent of households.

The ONS said deprivation is a "complex topic", adding that more detailed information would come in future releases.