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“The assessment of need has indicated that there is a high level of need based on the socio economic profile of the Glencairn Ward and the Greater Shankill NRA which shows significant level of deprivation.” [Economic Appraisal by RSM McClure Watters. 2014]
The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM) 2010 provides information on seven types of deprivation and an overall measure of multiple deprivation for small areas. See the NISRA website for further information on Deprivation.
Wards are ordered from most deprived to least deprived on each type of deprivation and then assigned a rank. The most deprived ward is ranked 1, and as there are 582 wards, the least deprived ward has a rank of 582. The deprivation rankings for Glencairn ward are given in the table below.
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Population of Glencairn Ward at 30 June 2014
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Glencairn Ward:
· 31.02% of people had a long-term health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities;
· 68.15% of people stated their general health was either good or very good; and
· 11.84% of people stated that they provided unpaid care to family, friends, neighbours or others.
Deprivation - further evidence
· In 2013/14 39.6% of pupils in post-primary schools had Free School Meal Entitlement (based on pupil residence data).
· In 2013 77.0% of resident births in Glencairn ward were recorded to parents with medium/low or unknown social class as defined by the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC) which is principally based on an individual's occupation and employment status.
Social security benefit information for Glencairn Ward in 2014:
· 230 persons aged 16 and over were claiming Income Support;
· 350 persons aged 60 and over were claiming Pension Credit;
· 10 persons aged 16-64 were receiving Incapacity Benefit;
· 690 persons aged 16+ were claiming Housing Benefit.
In 2013, SACAG conducted a Community Consultation. About 80 people, representing households totalling about 250 people, attended public meetings and 100 questionnaires were completed, some by people not present.
When asked what activities / amenities people would like to have available in Glencairn, the largest response (69%) was for education and training classes/ programmes. This was followed closely by Alcohol, Smoking and Drug Use Reduction Support (66%), Health & Fitness classes (65%) Health Information Events (62%) and Parental Support groups (61%)
Other issues highlighted:
· The area has suffered from historical underinvestment by public and private sector;
· Lack of services for all ages, ranging from young to elderly - lack of youth services a particular problem and current youth club closed down (wide consensus)
· Lack of retail/shop facilities (nearest shop fifteen minute walk): this is a problem for accessing basic needs such as electric top ups and mobile phone top-ups (wide consensus)
· Lack of community meeting point (wide consensus)
· Lack of educational services for youth and adults (wide consensus)