Social-indicator map made public by WPD

Our data visualisation tool shared to maximise impact

17 October 2018

Earlier this month Western Power Distribution published on their website the social-indicator map we built for them in 2017.

The map – and the data behind it – are used by WPD to inform a better understanding of the nature, scale and distribution of different types of household vulnerability. This includes those who may be eligible to be included on the Priority Service Register (PSR) and those likely to be finding it difficult to afford energy to heat their home.

See the Social Indicator Map here.

Toby Bridgeman manages CSE's vulnerability mapping work for WPD and other distribution network operators (DNOs). "We're excited by the fact that WPD have made this tool publically available. It means that the benefits of being able to identify areas with high numbers of vulnerable customers can be shared by other organisations – councils, welfare agencies and so on.

"It will help them target their efforts and direct support at the people who need it most."

The map shows the levels of 28 indicators - e.g. pensioners living alone, unemployment, carless households, claimants of mental health benefits etc - in each Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) or local authority in WPD's region. 

"LSOAs have a population of about 1,500" added Toby "so the level of targetting is very refined."

A spokesperson for WPD said: "We published [the map and data] in order to help other organisations and agencies working in our region to support the most vulnerable in our society. We would love to hear from anyone interested in developing new initiatives and working together with WPD to help support people in our region, particularly the geographical “hotspots” revealed by this mapping exercise."

Read more about our work measuring vulnerability for distribution network operators here.

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