4 December 2006

Is Cornwall uniquely materially deprived in Britain? Is it at the bottom of every league? Look at these figures.

Hansard for 10 November 2005 gave figures for the proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals, a good measure of material deprivation.

England primary and nursery schools 16.9 percent of pupils eligible for free school meals
Cornwall primary and nursery schools 11.1 percent

England secondary schools 14.0 percent
Cornwall secondary schools 9.8 percent.

In Manchester, for example, the figures are 44 and 43 percent.

Provisional figures for 2006, which are very similar for Cornwall, are in Hansard for 4 and 12 July 2006.

There is a definition of eligibility in Hansard for 22 November 2005.