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EXTENT OF SALFORD DEPRIVATION REVEALED IN NEW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS
 

Star date: 22nd October 2015

ALMOST ONE THIRD OF SALFORD AREAS IN 10% MOST DEPRIVED IN ENGLAND

New Government statistics show the true extent of Salford poverty away from Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, as almost one third of the city's areas are in the ten per cent most deprived in England. The stats show the worst area for multiple deprivation as that around Athole Street in Pendleton, followed by Whit Lane in Charlestown. The Athole Street area is 57th worst in England – out of 32,844 places!

Both areas have been subject to major clearance as Salford Council attempts to solve its economic and social problems with the bulldozers.

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Pendleton Demolition Salford Social Cleansing Langworthy and Pendleton
Blodwell Street Athole Street Area Before Redevelopment Apple Tree Court Garden pre-demolition
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Government deprivation figures for England show a pretty horrific picture for Salford. The latest statistics - for 2013 even though freshly released – break the whole of the country down into LSOAs, or Lower Layer Super Output Areas, and there's 32,844 of them which go geographically smaller than electoral wards and thus give a better picture of actual neighbourhoods.

Each of these LSOAs figure in an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), where 1 is the most deprived and 32,844 is the least deprived. The Index combines seven measures and comes up with the placing - Income Deprivation, Employment Deprivation, Education, Skills and Training Deprivation, Health Deprivation and Disability, Crime, Barriers to Housing and Services, and Living Environment Deprivation.

According to this Index, the area around Athole Street at the side of the Langworthy Cornerstone is rated 57th most deprived in the whole country, followed by the Whit Lane area at 137, the Pendleton area around Broadwalk opposite Salford Precinct at 204, the Duchy Estate area at 212, areas of Winton at 220 and areas of Little Hulton at 275.

Since 2013, the year on which the figures are based, the houses around Athole Street have been bulldozed and are being replaced with mostly private market property; while houses on Whit Lane have been tinned up and left, waiting for plans this year for more unaffordable housing, courtesy of Keepmoat.

The pattern seems to be that, rather than solving its economic and social problems, Salford Council has a policy of diluting them by bulldozing the area or adding houses for wealthier people. It's a policy that the Salford Star showed in great detail in the latest print issue (Social Cleansing in Salford pages 18 and 19 – click here).

In Higher Broughton, for instance, where four hundred affordable houses once stood, there are just 25 left following demolitions, with replacement new houses fetching up to £240,000. In Lower Broughton, Countryside Properties put the policy in black and white... "It was a key aspiration of the Development Agreement to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing" it stated. And again, in its original planning application the developer insisted: "By introducing more market housing, which is generally occupied by a greater proportion of economically active people, there is likely to be an improvement in the health of the residential population of the area."

Neither Higher nor Lower Broughton now figure amongst the worst areas of multiple deprivation in Salford. Indeed, median household income for Ordsall, another area of massive redevelopment, is £30,479 according to latest Council figures.

While bulldozing, socially cleansing and diluting the population of the most deprived areas of the city, Salford's problems still very much remain. Almost one third (28%) of the city's areas, or LSOAs, remain within the ten per cent most deprived in England.

On the individual measures within the Index of Multiple Deprivation, the Broadwalk area of Pendleton is the eighth worst area in the whole countryout of 32,844 areas – for Employment Deprivation, a measure of the proportion of the working-age population `involuntarily excluded from the labour market'. It also comes in 18th worst for Health Deprivation and Disability and 72nd for Income Deprivation. Winton (43), central Eccles (80) and Whit Lane (85) also figure badly for Health Deprivation and Disability.

That Whit Lane should rank so highly in deprivation statistics shows, yet again, the abject failure of the £53million ten year Charlestown and Lower Kersal New Deal for Communities (NDC) project, which was supposed to make things better. Many of the people who led the flopped NDC are still either working for the Council or social enterprises leading the further `regeneration' of Salford.




Greens Pool wrote
at 18:55:53 on 28 October 2015
Social housing should never have been built in the first place! What a total waste of money over the past 100 years! Home for everyone to purchase should have been the plan! How come other countries like Australia can manage public housing so much better??
 
CHALK wrote
at 10:00:58 on 23 October 2015
What the council needs to understand with regards to regeneration, is that it is not houses that cause the problems. Poverty,neglect and anti social behavior are the cause of most of the problems and dealing with these would solve the problems. Compulsory purchase and landing people on low income with more debt will not solve anything. Regarding the 10yr and £53,000,000 regeneration of Charlestown and Lower Kersal (CHALK), has anyone held their hands up and admit that they made a mess of it? No doubt Salford council will try to address any problems in these areas by another round of demolitions. Get some funding, set up some steering group like the "Old Salford High Impact Team" and then give it a catchy acronym that people will remember------------"O SHIT"
 
Tracey wrote
at 15:06:04 on 22 October 2015
I was 5 when all "the slums" in the 60s were cleared and our family was spread of different floors of a high rise Sycamore Court only to be transferred to another new build of high rise because Sycamore etc needed "strengthening" now people have been transferred back after 40 odd years into the cramped flats whoever is responsible for this should be sacked bet they don't even live in Salford but can break up communities at a wim
 
Paul R wrote
at 13:25:54 on 22 October 2015
If the median salary for Ordsall is now over £30k, where have all the people gone who were either working for minimum wage, unemployed (or unemployable)? The old Tory idea of "trickle down" i.e.. Introduce the better off into an area or enterprise, and the money will be spread around the community, has never worked. The advantages enjoyed by the luckier few never seems to be shared - the poorer off stay as they are - or become worse off... and then bugger off! One would have hoped that a labour council could have been more imaginative, and rather than leaving the housing stock to deteriorate and then sell to private developers, they could have aimed at creating a more positive community instead of bulldozing it into oblivion. Salford never changes!
 
graham cooper wrote
at 13:25:46 on 22 October 2015
So much for regeneration
 
Michael F in SalFord wrote
at 13:25:28 on 22 October 2015
Sadly Tracy you are unlikely to get a Council answer. Not even a sorry from them. In fact the 14,000 left on the housing waiting list are evidence that is was a mistake to demolish the houses. I want the Elected Mayor to give an occupancy start date to each of the 14,000 instead of no hope. These are real people in need of solutions and our Council must meet demand.
 
Tracey wrote
at 10:19:21 on 22 October 2015
Why has the council been allowed to demolish all but a few of the terraced houses on Langworthy and the better of flats and leave all the older flats up to modernise at great cost and let all the deleveloper's build all the "apartments" for buy to let which most Salford people cannot afford
 
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