RESIDENTS of Selsdon are among the most comfortable, healthy and happy of anyone living in London. But while those residing in the south of the borough have plenty to cheer about, many areas of Croydon are less fortunate. That's according to new data which shows the level of well-being across the capital between 2008 and 2012. The scores are a combined measure of 12 different well-being indicators, from health and education to jobs and access to open space. In 2012, Selsdon and Ballards had the highest well-being in Croydon, with a score of 8.90 - one of the best in London. Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Purley and Sanderstead are also in the top 25 per cent of wards in the capital. Fieldway has by far the lowest rating with -15.81 followed by New Addington with -11.6. Both wards are in the bottom 25 per cent in London, as are Broad Green, Selhurst, Thornton Heath, Waddon and West Thornton. Scores over zero indicate a higher probability that the population on average will experience better well-being. As with previous data sets featured in this blog, the figures, published earlier this month, show a clear north/south divide, with residents in the south of the borough experiencing a higher quality of life. The indicators are life expectancy; incapacity benefit claimants rate; unemployment; income support; crime; deliberate fires; GCSE points; unauthorised pupil absence; children in out-of –work households; public transport accessibility; access to open space and nurture; and happiness. The full spreadsheet allows users to adjust the weight of each indicator depending on what they consider to be more or less important, generating personal scores. It can be downloaded here.
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