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March 6th, 2012 |

Let’s Be Thankful…

poverty map from the Guardian

The Guardian has an interesting map of England today, based on data from Experian, the credit ratings company.

It’s a interactive map ranking 326 local authorities in England by key poverty indicators, from child poverty to the risk of long-term unemployment.

Rochford District comes out of it pretty well:

  • We are ranked 276th in England for the biggest risk of poverty and 302nd for child poverty out of 326 local authorities
  • Our best ranking is being 315th for long-term unemployment
  • However our worst ranking is being 257th for risk of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • In case you are wondering what Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is :

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term which includes the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema…..COPD is common. About three million people in the UK have COPD. It is estimated that another half million people have the condition but have not been diagnosed with COPD. COPD mainly affects people over the age of 40 and becomes more common with increasing age. The average age of diagnosis is around 67 years. It is more common in men than women.

    COPD accounts for more time off work than any other illness. A flare-up (exacerbation) of COPD is one of the most common reasons for admission to hospital (1 in 8 admissions is due to COPD).

    As a bit of a comparison, Castle Point comes out this analysis pretty well, Southend less well (ranked 129th for the biggest risk of poverty)

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