Posted: 13 August 2013

Try two of our most popular interactive pieces

At the end of this month we'll mark the one-year anniversary of the first interactive piece we'll have run on our blog. Over the nearly 12 months since, our maps, calculators and other interactive content have been one of the most popular sections of our website. You can find all of the pieces on our data blog.

If you enjoy interactive content, we have a treat in store for the end of the month to help us celebrate the one-year anniversary of our first interactive piece - please follow us on social media for notice of that piece.

In the meantime, we've put together this brief piece that looks at two of our most popular pieces from the website. We hope you enjoy them. 

A purple map of England

What is the state of free school meals near you?

In March, we published a map revealing the great number of young people who are missing out on free school meals.

There are some 1.2 million children. Of them, 700,000 are not even entitled to the meals, despite their need, often simply because their parents are working.

We created this map to draw attention to parliamentary constituencies across England.

Part of our Fair and Square campaign, the map enables anyone to call on the government to make sure all children in poverty receive free school meals. 

Please give the map a try.


A multi-coloured map of the UK Local assistance schemes

The most popular map on our site, our social fund map puts people across the UK in touch with schemes in their area or country that can help with emergency support.

The map came about as a result of community care grants and crisis loans being discontinued at the end of March. These grants had been available to help people with short term needs in a crisis. 

In place of these funds, support shifted to local authorities in England and to devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. Changes may also be applied in Northern Ireland this autumn.

Read more about these changes and use our map to find information about schemes in your area.


More interactive pieces

Visit our data blog

Have a look at some of our favourite maps from across the web.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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