Two new reports have been published recently, the first, from the Office of National Statistics, looking at poverty and deprivation in the UK, and the second looking at the life chances and activities of children in deprived areas.
The ONS report shows that Camborne and Penzance are the two most deprived towns in Cornwall, measured by income. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysed the population, employment, and income levels of 1,082 towns across England and Wales.
The ONS ranked towns by ‘deciles’ ie brackets covering ten percent, based on their income, with many Cornish towns turning up in the lower brackets.
Declie 1 – ie bottom 10% of towns in England and Wales – Camborne and Penzance
Decile 2 – Redruth, Liskeard, Hayle, Bude, Bodmin
Declie 3 – St Austell, Launceston, St Blazey, Looe, Newquay
Declie 4 – Truro, Falmouth, Penryn, St Ives
Decile 5 – Torpoint, Helston, Wadebridge
Decile 6 – Saltash
Extra curricular opportunities
A separate report, from the Social Mobility Commission, has found that children from the poorest backgrounds are three times more likely to not take part in extra curricular activities than children from the richest families.
The report looked at activities such as arts, music, sport, dance, voluntary work and youth clubs, and found that as household income rises, so does participation. It isn’t only cost that is a barrier, but access, and also a lack of confidence from the poorer children, who fear that they will not fit in. The benefits of participation included increased confidence, and greater likelihood of progression to higher education.
- Introduce a national extra-curricular bursary scheme for disadvantaged families
- Provide funding to develop and extend voluntary sector initiatives that allow access to activities
- Increase the capacity of schools to provide extra-curricular activities and provision of extra information
- Improve data collection and carrying out further research into soft skills development
You can read the press release from the Commission, which is linked to the full report, on the Gov.uk website.