Published: 14th Oct 2015

According to the latest figures from the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), the north west is home to the greatest proportion of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England. The data also reveals that despite being at the heart of the chancellor’s ‘northern powerhouse’ agenda, Manchester is England’s fifth most deprived local authority area and first for health and disability deprivation. Manchester has seen some positive – albeit minor – improvements since 2010, with the city moving from the fourth to fifth most deprived local authority. But deprivation continues to remain entrenched within its neighbourhoods, with eight lower layer super output areas consistently remaining within the top 1% most deprived since 2004. Clearly these results reveal that despite strong periods of economic growth, numerous policy initiatives and a gradual economic recovery, high levels of poverty remain entrenched and pervasive. This presents a particularly concerning picture, which is likely to get … (To read the full article, subscribe below)