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Household Deprivation Classification

  • Mnemonic reference


  • Applicability


  • Type

    Derived variable


The dimensions of deprivation used to classify households are indicators based on four selected household characteristics. A household is deprived in a dimension if they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • employment: where any member of a household, who is not a full-time student, is either unemployed or long-term sick,
  • education: no person in the household has at least level 2 education (see highest level of qualification), and no person aged 16-18 is a full-time student,
  • health and disability: any person in the household has general health that is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ or has a long term health problem, and
  • housing: the household's accommodation is either overcrowded, with an occupancy rating -1 or less, or is in a shared dwelling, or has no central heating.

A household is classified as being deprived in none, or one to four of these dimensions in any combination.


Total number of categories 6

Code Name
1 Household is not deprived in any dimension
2 Household is deprived in 1 dimension
3 Household is deprived in 2 dimensions
4 Household is deprived in 3 dimensions
5 Household is deprived in 4 dimensions
X No code required - comprises household spaces with no usual residents.

Source question or variables

DEPHDHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPEDHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPHSHUK11 (Derived variable)

DEPEMHUK11 (Derived variable)