Resort still ranked with most deprived

Coun Simon Blackburn
Coun Simon Blackburn
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Blackpool is still one of the most deprived towns in England according to the latest government figures.

Research released by the Department for Communities shows Blackpool is ranked seventh most deprived town in the country, compared to ninth last time the findings were published in 2010.

Free breakfasts for schoolchildren are part of the fight against deprivation in Blackpool

Free breakfasts for schoolchildren are part of the fight against deprivation in Blackpool

In Blackpool, just over 38 per cent of neighbourhoods are highly deprived, compared to just over 37 per cent in 2010. Deprivation is measured using multiple indicators including employment, barriers to housing, health, crime and income levels.

Blackpool’s council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “The statistics released today are disappointing but not surprising.

“Every day we see the struggles Blackpool families face. That is why every morning every primary school child in Blackpool can receive a free breakfast. If we don’t provide it there will be children who don’t have anything to eat until lunchtime.

“That is the harsh reality of the situation.

“When you see how many times Blackpool features on the list of the 20 most deprived neighbourhoods in the country it seems inconceivable we are also one of areas that has been on the receiving end of the most savage budget cuts.

“To date we have lost £93m from our budget and expect to lose another £20m in the next financial year. You cannot lose that much money without it affecting the services that help the most vulnerable residents in our community.“