Poverty in Porthleven and Helston

First, a ‘hat-tip’ to the blogger Mudhook for finding this information on poverty in Cornwall. This information is provided by the Church Urban Fund and looks at poverty in a Diocese and then at parish (not civic) level. The link can be found HERE. The figures produced are very interesting and cover poverty for children, pensioners and working persons. Also is the life expectancy for those who live within a parish and other important facts on social housing etc.

Porthleven (Diocese of Truro):

  • Child Poverty (% of children in poverty): Porthleven – 16% (137 out of 185)
  • Pensioner Poverty: Porthleven 17% (144 out of 179)
  • Working Ages Poverty: (% of adults receiving key out-of-work benefits) – Porthleven – 13%
  • Life Expectancy (boys): Porthleven – 77 years.
  • Life Expectancy (girls): Porthleven –  83 years old.
  • No Qualifications (% of working age adults without any qualifications): Porthleven – 29%.
  • Social Housing (% of households living in social rented housing): Porthleven – 16%.
  • Lone parenthood (lone parent families as % of all families with children): Porthleven – 22%.
  • Ethnic diversity( % of population who are not white British): Porthleven – 2%.
  • Older population (% of population who are aged 65 and over): Porthleven – 23%.

On the overall deprivation scale, where 1 is the least deprived in the diocese, this parish ranks 156 out of 223 parishes in Truro diocese. This means that this parish is relatively deprived compared with other parishes in the diocese. Set against national figures, this parish ranks 10370 out of 12706 parishes in England. That means that the parish is among the most deprived.

Helston:

  • Child Poverty (% of children in poverty): 14%
  • Pensioner Poverty: 16%
  • Working Ages Poverty: 13%
  • Life Expectancy (boys): 78
  • Life Expectancy (girls): 80
  • No Qualifications: 25%
  • Social Housing: 14%
  • Lone parenthood: 19%
  • Ethnic diversity: 2%
  • Older population: 17%

On the overall deprivation scale, where 1 is the least deprived in the diocese, this parish ranks 39 out of 223 parishes in Truro diocese. This means that this parish is among the wealthiest in the diocese. Nationally, this parish ranks 8396 out of 12706 parishes in England. That means that the parish is relatively deprived compared with other parishes.

The Lowest and Highest figures and percentages in Cornwall are:

  • Child Poverty (% of children in poverty):   Lowest  – 3% Isle of Scilly. Highest – 37% Penwerris
  • Pensioner Poverty: Lowest – 7% Feock. Highest – 28% Penzance, St John the Paptist
  • Working Ages Poverty: Lowest – 2% Isle of Scilly. Highest – 28% Penzance, St Mary’s
  • Life Expectancy (boys): Lowest – 72, Penzance, St Johns the Baptist. Highest – 81 Whitford
  • Life Expectancy (girls): Lowest – 75 Cury and Gunwalloe. Highest – 86 St Gennys
  • No Qualifications: Lowest – 14% St Eval. Highest 42% Treleigh
  • Social Housing: Lowest – 1% Lelant. Highest – 40% Penwerris
  • Lone parenthood:  Lowest – 5% St Neot. Highest – 40% St Keyne
  • Ethnic diversity: Highest – 18% St Pinnock
  • Older population: Lowest – 4% St Eval. Highest – 35% St Just -in-Roseland

These figure are very worrying, and just goes to show Cornwall is in desperate need of real money to tackle some of these issues. Europe is still handing Cornwall millions, but isn’t is about time central government looked to invest in Cornwall, just like it has in other parts of the country.  After the way things are going in Europe, this European money might not be available in the near-future.

Here are some link to Cornwall Council on Poverty: HERE and HERE

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