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Inequalities in Suffolk

A report published in 2011, published by Insight East, the Economics Intelligence Centre for the  East of England (which now appear to be defunct), highlighted the particular problem of  income inequality in Suffolk.

To quote the report:

The broader economic success of the East of England region masks local disparities.  The East of England contains pockets of deprivation, particularly in coastal areas and new towns, which rank very poorly across a range of economic and social indicators. Certain towns and cities within the region are among the worst performing areas in England. ….

The East of England has experienced some of the lowest rates of income growth in England, particularly among low-paid workers …

The East of England has one of the highest rates of income inequality of the English regions.

The primary cause has been limited income growth for average income earners and poor growth for those on low incomes.

The East of England experienced the lowest growth in lower quartile incomes between 2002 and 2009 of all English regions.

The report found that urban and coastal areas have some of the highest rates of income deprivation in the region, with low pay in work being a key factor.   Eight local authority areas in Norfolk and Suffolk have a higher

prevalence of low-paid work than Redcar and Cleveland in the North East, Bradford in Yorkshire and the Humber and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

in addition, some urban areas in the East of England have much higher percentages of children living in households deemed impoverished than the national average.

Other key finding of the report were:

  • 21 per cent of the East of England’s population is income deprived with the greatest challenges of income deprivation experienced in urban areas;
  • The East of England has experienced some of the lowest rates of income growth in England particularly among low-paid workers;
  • Income levels are falling relative to other parts of the UK – the poor are getting poorer;
  • The impacts on children in the region are severe in some locations;
  • The region’s performance in terms of deprivation is in relative decline.

you can find a copy of the full report here.

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