Cambridgeshire village one of England's 'least deprived' areas

A Cambridgeshire village has been named as one of the least deprived areas in the country.

Church Urban Fund (CUF) research listed Comberton as the fifth least deprived location in England.

The Church of England charity hit out at the “alarming disparity” between the richest and poorest neighbourhoods in the country.

Nine out of 10 of the poorest communities – five of them in Liverpool – are in the North West of England with the 10th in Middlesbrough in the North East, Church Urban Fund (CUF) research has shown.

Only two of top 10 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 years, with 62% of children and 52% of pensioners living in poverty in Toxteth (East) Liverpool, which ranked as the most deprived community in the country.

In Camberley Heatherside in Surrey, only 6% of children and 3% of pensioners are living in poverty, the research showed.

The fund said that the research had shown how close some of the most affluent areas are to communities suffering from extreme deprivation.

An area of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, ranks as the seventh most affluent in the country but is based just six miles from the community of Farley Hill in Luton, one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England, the fund said.

The CUF works to tackle poverty in England in areas such as debt counselling, family and community work and homeless shelters.

Paul Hackwood, chairman of the CUF trustees, said: “We live in one of the most unequal countries in the western world, where babies born within a few miles of one another can have widely differing life expectancies – of 10 years or more.

“We urge people to go online and try out the tool and find out where their local community ranks in terms of poverty indicators.

“We hope it will create a much greater awareness of poverty in England and bring people from affluent and less affluent areas together to think about what could be done to support those that are living in poverty.”

 England’s most deprived areas in order of rank, calculated by the Church Urban Fund:

Toxteth (East) Liverpool
Shaw Road, Oldham
Anfield, Liverpool
Collyhurst, Manchester
Kirkholt, Rochdale
Toxteth (West), Liverpool
Heyworth Street, Liverpool
Queens Road, Liverpool
South Shore, Blackpool
Cannon Park, Middlesbrough

Least deprived:

Camberley Heatherside, Surrey
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Barkham, Berkshire
Brightwell, Suffolk
Comberton, Cambridgeshire
Ingatestone, Essex
Harpenden, Herts
Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire
Rowledge, Surrey
Wheldrake, York

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