Relatively deprived areas falling behind

    Conditions in relatively deprived areas could deteriorate unless
    public spending is redirected to meet their needs, according to the
    government’s neighbourhood renewal unit.

    In a report on the impact of mainstream services on deprived
    neighbourhoods, the unit says that public spending per head is
    significantly higher in the most deprived 10 per cent of council
    wards than in the next 15 per cent and residents in the latter are
    losing out.

    “Attention should also be paid to conditions in neighbourhoods
    which are less extreme but which contain many deprived people and
    are at risk of deterioration,” it adds.

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