Data produced by Eurostat, the data agency for the European Union positions Cornwall as one of the ten poorest regions in Europe. While the UK has a similar average standard of living to other European countries, this masks the deep inequalities in how wealth and income are distributed. There is no other country in the whole of the EU where the richest region – London – is nearly 5 times as rich as the poorest.
Within the UK, Cornwall some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the country. In Cornwall, one in ten live in the 20% most deprived areas in England. These areas are home to 53,000 people. 15,100 children (under 16) live in poverty, 22.8% of households are in fuel poverty and more than 30,000 people are on health related benefits. People in our disadvantaged communities are at higher risk of living with at least one debilitating condition and for more of their lives. Of those claiming Employment Support Allowance and incapacity benefits 46% report a mental health problem as their primary diagnosis (Cornwall Council Case for Cornwall Appendix 3 Transforming Health and Social Care page 4).
Children under 19 living in poverty in Cornwall stands at 17.6% of the population
Poverty has a major impact on the health and wellbeing of our population both in the short and long term(Cornwall Council Case for Cornwall Appendix 3 Transforming Health and Social Care page 4).