5 December 2006

There is a large range in deprivation and prosperity in different parts of Cornwall. The official statistics show that some parts of Cornwall are among the poorest in England but others are prosperous. In these circumstances generalised comments are limited in usefulness.

I put below details for Cornwall of some of the measures of deprivation.

Free school meals, education spending, and housing – see separate posts.

The official indices of multiple deprivation show that Cornwall districts are not the most deprived of the districts of England. In 2004 the districts were ranked thus in deprivation order (rank of average scores):

Penwith 56th out of 354 districts in England
Kerrier 87th
Restormel 93rd
North Cornwall 106th
Carrick 149th
Caradon 157th

On the sub-ward measures of multiple deprivation the most deprived sub-ward in Cornwall is part of Penzance East ward which comes in at the 819th most deprived out of 32 482 sub-wards in England; the least deprived in Cornwall is part of Saltash Burraton ward in Caradon which ranks 30 899th. (Sub-ward is officially called super output area, SOA, in these statistics.)

In the ranking of shire counties Cornwall and the Scillies in 2004 is the second most deprived after Durham; in the ranking of counties and cities and London boroughs Cornwall is 75th out of 149 in England (rank of average scores).

In all these deprivation statistics 1st is the most deprived; the lower the rank the worst the incidence of deprivation.

Updated 11 July 2007

The annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE, ONS) for April 2006 gives the median average annual earnings of all adult fulltime workers; this is the most typical wage. In Cornwall this ranges from £17 400 in Penwith to £19 700 in Carrick (Table 7.1a, weekly averages annualised by me to the nearest £100). The Cornwall/Scilly median is £18 600.

These figures put Cornwall in the bottom part of pay leagues.


See the post on free school meals too.

In October 2006 the association of public health observatories (APHO) and the department of health published data about public health including the proportion of children in poverty, that is children living in low income households. These particular figure relate to 2001.

For Cornwall the figure was 19.9 percent. The district with the highest figure was Penwith at 24.8 percent. In comparison the figure for Liverpool was 45 percent and County Durham 25 percent.