North West

  • Deprivation in Oldham accelerates fastest in the UK but in Copeland it falls significantly, the latest ONS figures flag the North West’s mediocre economic performance September, 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published its deprivation index which looks at an area’s levels of income, employment, education, health and crime as well as housing services and living environment. Jaywick in Essex, near Clacton-on-Sea, was previously found to be the most deprived in the last two reports in 2010 and 2015 and it has won this unwelcome accolade again. Jaywick is followed by eight areas of Blackpool then, despite the wealth passing through it, Anfield as the tenth most deprived part of England. The Ministry divides England up into 32,844 neighbourhoods averaging about 1,500 residents or 650 households each. In terms of local authorities, at 49%, Liverpool had the second largest share of the most deprived areas, Knowsley was ranked third with 47%, on 43% Manchester was fifth, Blackpool, Burnley and Blackburn also made the top ten. In terms of performance since 2015, five areas of the North West have seen deprivation accelerate the fastest in the UK. Oldham topped the list and saw deprivation increase by c8%, with Rossendale, Blackburn,Halton and Burnley all making the top seven. In Copeland, deprivation fell by c6%, the tenth fastest fall in the UK, and was the regional...