Weren’t the Tories supposed to be increasing social mobility? Upwards – or downwards?

And did they mean that on a personal or geographical level? This report shows some of London’s less well-off boroughs are no longer among the very worst – isn’t that because of the “social cleansing” enforced by the Conservatives?

Measures such as the Bedroom Tax have ‘nudged’ the poorest people out of the Capital, allowing more well-to-do specimens to take their place and push those areas out of deprivation.

That’s not solving a problem – it’s just moving it elsewhere. And now further brutal cuts to local budgets mean problems will get much worse – all according to plan.

If a family’s primary access to books and the internet is the local library and that library closes, it matters little if it is in East Sussex or Hull. The impact on that family is the same.

When the government publishes the indices of deprivation that rank local areas in England from most to least deprived there’s usually a brief flurry of interest as to which parts of the country “top” the table. Will the league leader for deprivation be a down-at-heel seaside town or an inner-city stalwart?

Not to worry. It doesn’t take superior predictive skills to forecast most of the key results.

Poverty and deprivation have a tendency to lay deep and obstinate roots and the latest list of relative levels across England’s designated 32,844 neighbourhoods, published last month, reflected this. Calculated using statistics on employment, income, health, crime, living standards and disability, it emerges that over four fifths (83%) of the neighbourhoods deemed most deprived in 2010 are still most deprived in the 2015 list.

The north-south divide is also alive and kicking, with all local authorities with the highest proportion of deprived areas based in the north of England. The most deprived area, Middlesborough, was followed on the list by Knowsley, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester. Meanwhile the 20 most deprived local authority areas overall are largely unchanged, with the exception of some of London’s less well-off boroughs no longer among the very worst.

Source: More cuts will cement poverty in UK’s most deprived areas | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian

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