Thriving Places Wales is based on the same methodology as the Thriving Places Index (for England), and shares the same structure of Dimensions, Domains and Sub-domains. However, the indicator data that contributes to the scores at these levels differs due to the devolved nature of some of the areas covered by indicators. Where indicators differ, Thriving Places Wales uses a ‘best-fit’ principle to replicate the indicators in the Thriving Places Index. More details on how Thriving Places Wales works can be found in the Methodology tab.
Scores in Thriving Places Wales are relative to the Welsh average for that particular year. This means the Index should not be used to compare the scores of one area over time. Also, changes in the indicator list will affect the comparability of scores over time.
Because of the difference in indicators used, it is also not possible to compare areas in Wales with areas in England.
Depending on when updates for indicators were last published and the time period these cover, some indicator data used in this update may show the impact of COVID-19 (from March 2020 onwards). We will provide further analysis of the indicators this applies to and the impact on indicator data and scores at a later date.
Because of the methodology, the dimension scores show the smallest variation from the mean of any part of the Index. Scores range from 3.59 (for Local conditions in Blaenau Gwent) to 7.29 (for Equality on the Isle of Anglesey)
Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf have dimensions scores all below the Welsh average, although they both have at least two dimensions within 1 mark of the Welsh average.
15 local authority areas have two dimension scores above the Welsh average, and one local authority area, Conwy, has all three dimension scores above the Welsh average.
The three highest scores at the dimension level are (the Isle of Anglesey, Conwy and Ceredigion) in the Equality dimension.
This local condition dimension contains five domains:
- Place and environment
- Mental and physical health
- Education and learning
- Work and local economy
- People and community.
At a domain level, scores range from 2.29 for Mental and physical health in Blaenau Gwent to 7.07 in Monmouthshire.
Every local authority area scores above the Welsh average for at least one domain.
Six local authority areas have at least four domain scores above the Welsh average, with the Vale of Glamorgan, the only authority to do so in all five domains.
Within the local conditions dimension, there are 18 sub-domains. At this level of the tool, with fewer indicators contributing to scores, there is more variation in the scores across the local authority areas.
Scores range from 0.62 (for Social isolation in Torfaen) to 8.92 (for Mortality and life expectancy in Monmouthshire).
Scores show that no one area is very good or very bad across all sub-domains. Whilst the lowest scores are most frequently seen in the South Wales Valleys, these areas also have some of the highest sub-domain scores within local conditions. For instance, whilst Blaenau Gwent has nine scores below 3.5 marks, it also has the highest scores of all local authority areas for the local environment and Housing sub-domains.
Likewise, the Merthyr Tydfil local authority area has seven sub-domain scores below 3.5 marks, but has the highest score of all local authorities for Good jobs, the second highest score for Local environment and the third equal highest score for Social isolation.
At the opposite end of the scale, Powys has five scores above 6.5 marks, but the lowest score in Wales for Transport.
The Sustainability dimension contains three sub-domains:
- Green infrastructure
- Energy use.
Scores in these sub-domains range from 1.32 for Energy use in Neath Port Talbot to 7.32 in Torfaen. However, Neath Port Talbot also has the fifth highest score of all local authority areas for Green infrastructure.
Two local authority areas have three sub-domain scores below the Welsh average: Gwynedd and Flintshire, although they both have sub-domain scores within 0.5 of a mark of the Welsh average.
Three local authority areas (Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport) have scores above the Welsh average for all three sub-domains.
The Equality dimension has three sub-domains:
- Health inequality
- Income inequality
- Employment inequality.
Scores range from 2.47 (for Employment inequality in Neath Port Talbot) to 9.08 (for Health inequality in Gwynedd). However, Neath Port Talbot also scores above the Welsh average for the other sub-domains; Income and Health inequality.
Only one local authority area, Rhondda Cynon Taf, scores below the Welsh average for all three sub-domains, but all three scores are within 0.9 marks of the Welsh average.
Four local authority areas score above the Welsh average in all three sub-domains: the Isle of Anglesey, Ceredigion, Powys and Swansea.