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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