Another report has been published, this one from Save the Children, showing that those living in poverty are even worse off now, due to the pandemic.

Save the Children reports that, of families on Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits:

  • one third report that they are worse off since lockdown
  • two thirds had run up debts over the las last two months
  • 60% had cut down on food and other basics
  • one third had relied on charities for food and clothes.

The report warns that this winter, as the job retention scheme comes to an end, life is going to be harder than ever for these families. Save the Children is calling on Government to raise the weekly Child Benefit by a minimum of £10 per week.

Read more about the report in the Guardian, and see the full report on the Save the Children website.

Indices of deprivation

The most recent Indices of Deprivation have been published, which shows that there are 15 neighbourhoods on Cornwall which are in the lowest 10% of deprived areas in England.

The index is based on seven different domains of deprivation, using the following weights:

  • Income Deprivation (22.5%)
  • Employment Deprivation (22.5%)
  • Education, Skills and Training Deprivation (13.5%)
  • Health Deprivation and Disability (13.5%)
  • Crime (9.3%)
  • Barriers to Housing and Services (9.3%)
  • Living Environment Deprivation (9.3%)

This is the list, from the lowest, and ranked out of 31,844 neighbourhoods

  • Camborne Treslothan – 577
  • Penzance East – 884
  • Redruth North – 1,072
  • Camborne Treswithian – 1.119
  • St Austell Gower – 1,712
  • Bodmin St Leonard – 1,821
  • Four Lanes (Redruth) – 2,134
  • Penzance Central – 2,447
  • Bodmin St Petroc – 2,579
  • Mount Charles (St Austell) – 2,675
  • Newquay Central – 2,688
  • St Blazey – 2,985
  • Camborne Trelowarren – 3,199
  • Newquay Tretherras – 3,218
  • Liskeard North – 3,275

You can find out more about what the deprivation level is in a particular area using this website.

The Government website with the full data for the indices of multiple deprivation is here, also searchable by constituency and neighbourhood. Click to the second page of the data for the full map of the area.