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The most deprived areas in Cornwall are revealed

The most deprived areas in Cornwall are revealed

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 6th October 2019.

It has been revealed which areas in Cornwall are among the most deprived places in the country.

According to a new Government report, Camborne Pengegon, Penzance Treneere, and Redruth North - including the Close Hill, Strawberry Fields and Treleigh areas - have the highest levels of overall deprivation.

The previous report, published in 2015 showed that Cornwall had an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) ranking of 68 out of 326.

This year, Cornwall's IMD ranking is currently 83 out of 317, with 17 Cornish neighbourhoods in the top 10 per cent of most deprived areas in England.

Now Cornwall Council is calling for fairer funding to help tackle the causes of social deprivation.

While the data showed that Cornwall was generally improving in terms of becoming less deprived, Adam Paynter from Cornwall Council stressed that "there is no room for any complacency".

"As a council, we are committed to tackling the causes of social deprivation in Cornwall, protecting vital frontline services for our most vulnerable residents, raising aspirations for our young people, and directly investing in affordable homes and jobs that people in Cornwall need.

"We are doing this at a time of unprecedented financial uncertainty and against the backdrop of a growing inequality gap in funding across the country.

"As we have highlighted in the past, this deep reduction in government funding, along with unequal funding across rural and urban areas, and an ongoing surge in demand for crucial services, is putting a huge strain on us and other local authorities across the county. It is stretching funds that simply don't exist.

"That is why we are standing up for all our residents by calling on Government to redress a systematic bias against rural and coastal areas. We are disappointed that central Government have delayed the fair funding review until next year."

Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council

Between 2010 and 2020, Cornwall Council says it will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 provided by the Government for services.

Government officials ranked each council from one to 317, with low numbers indicating higher levels of deprivation.

Cornwall was placed 101st in the table nationally , and fifth for the South West.

The rankings use the most up-to-date data on income, employment, education, health and crime, as well as housing services and the environment, to assess more than 32,800 small areas or neighbourhoods across England.

"The Government is committed to levelling across the country and with unemployment levels continuing to fall and wages rising at their fastest in over a decade, we're committed to supporting families with their cost of living.

"We're providing more support to the most deprived authorities, which now have a spending power 16% higher per home than the least deprived."

An MHCLG spokesman

One in 19 of Cornwall's neighbourhoods appear among the 10% most deprived nationally.

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