A Church of England charity has described England as one of the most unequal countries in the western world as research was published showing an ‘alarming disparity’ between the richest and poorest neighbourhoods in the country.
Nine out of ten of the poorest communities – five of them in Liverpool – are in the north west of England with the tenth in Middlesbrough in the north east, found research by the Church Urban Fund (CUF).
Only two of top ten least-deprived communities were in the north of England – in Wheldrake, York and Alderley Edge, Cheshire, with Camberley Heatherside, Surrey, heading the list of the least-deprived communities in England.
The findings were calculated at Church of England parish level with an online method devised by the fund using data on life expectancy and poverty rates among children, pensioners and people of working age.
The research showed life expectancy for men in South Shore, Blackpool, was as low as 66 ye