Over £88million of public and private money has been pumped into the Langworthy area over the last decade - the Urban Splash upside down houses at Chimney Pot Park plus bucketloads of regeneration money – yet Langworthy remains the 3rd worst area in the country for child poverty and the 7th worst area in the country for employment.
The new Department for Communities and Local Government Indices of Deprivation 2010 show 33% of Salford districts (47) among the 10% most deprived in the country, making the city joint 14th worst alongside Burnley.
The statistics go right down to almost neighbourhood level, or over 32,000 Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOA) in England, and appear every three years giving the latest picture of poverty and deprivation.
According to the statistics, Langworthy is now the most deprived area in Salford, ranking 3rd worst for Child Poverty, or Income Deprivation Affecting Children, 7th worst for Employment, 23rd worst in the country for Income, 26th worst for Living Environment, and 60th worst in the country for Crime.
Meanwhile, Broughton is the 23rd worst area in the country for Health Deprivation and Disability, closely followed by Winton (40th), Pendleton (41st) and Eccles (44th).
Blackfriars is the second most deprived area in Salford, coming 20th worst in the country for Child Poverty, 55th worst in the country for Income deprivation and, with two of its neighbourhoods, well up in the Crime league at 43 and 47.
Pendleton also rates 55th worst in the country for Child Poverty and 55th worst for Employment.
The Strawberry Road area of Charlestown rates 64th worst area in the country for Crime and, according to the statistics, the worst area in Salford for Education, Skills and Training is Langworthy, coming in countrywide at 292nd out of over 32,000 districts.
Salford's deprivation problems, as these statistics show, all stem from lack of Employment and Income amongst the city's population. People might well ask whether all the regeneration money that has been ploughed into housing and physical infrastructure might have been better spent creating some jobs.
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See the Department for Communities and Local Government Indices of Deprivation 2010 here.