West Midlands

  • Walsall and Worcester see deprivation increase, the Peaky Blinders effect in the West Midlands and the region sees the biggest fall in unemployment in the UK September, 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (‘the Ministry’) 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 nine areas of the North West as the most deprived in England, the Druids Heath area of Birmingham is the first WM entry and is ranked 45th. The Ministry divides England up into 32,844 neighbourhoods averaging about 1,500 residents or 650 households each. In terms of local authorities, 41% of Birmingham was classified as deprived which ranked the city seventh worst in the UK, Stoke was 12th. In terms of performance since 2015, two areas of the WM have seen deprivation accelerate the fastest in the UK. Walsall was ranked third and saw deprivation increase by c6%, with Worcester ninth at c5%. In comparison, Wolverhampton and Sandwell are no longer on the list of the 32 most deprived authorities. Walsall and Worcester are two of the 16 WM towns invited to apply...