One-third of Sheffield neighbourhoods are deprived, report claims

Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
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More than one-third of Sheffield neighbourhoods are classed as deprived, a shock new report has revealed.

Research from the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation says 120 Sheffield neighbourhoods - described as areas where between 1,000 and 3,000 people live - are in the most deprived 20 per cent of the country.

Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

The ‘Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK cities’ report highlights areas in the city where jobs are available ‘on the doorstep’, but many people living there are unable to access them because they lack the skills to secure the work on offer.

The report says 29 places in Sheffield fall into this category – including locations in Norfolk Park, Attercliffe, Netherthorpe, Tinsley, Wadsley Bridge and Carbrook.

Also in the list are Brightside, Manor Park and Park Hill.

The report warns some areas of the city are being ‘left behind’ from its economic successes.

Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Many of Sheffield’s deprived areas are concentrated in the north-east of the city in places including Shirecliffe and Southey Green, while those to the south include Arbourthorne, Manor and Newfield Green.

Figures focusing on the 10 biggest cities in the country outside London found Sheffield had the lowest number of jobs per 100 working age people with 77, as well as the lowest Gross Value Added measure – the value of goods and services produced in an area.

But the city did have the second-highest employment rate of 71 per cent, behind only Bristol on 73 per cent and above the likes of Leeds on 70 per cent, Birmingham on 62 per cent and Liverpool on 60 per cent.

Alasdair Rae, author of the report from the University of Sheffield, said: “Our research shows that some poorer neighbourhoods have not been able to fully benefit from the economic growth that has occurred in their wider cities over the past decade. This can be seen all across the UK, and particularly in the core cities.

A map of deprivation levels in Sheffield

A map of deprivation levels in Sheffield

“In fact, some areas face a kind of ‘double disadvantage’ in that they are not very well connected to local jobs and also not well connected to their local housing market.

“The challenge now is therefore to find ways to ensure that economic growth is more inclusive and that no neighbourhood is left behind. We think specific policy mechanisms are needed to solve this ongoing challenge and hope that our research can make a contribution to that effort.”

Josh Stott, head of cities at JRF, said: “Our research shows how rising employment alone will not tackle entrenched pockets of deprivation.

“To make Britain work for all, we need to connect growth in cities to deprived neighbourhoods, and an industrial strategy which provides skills that business needs.”

He added: “The rewards in return are significant, improving the living standards and opportunities for people on low incomes across the country and helping business improve their productivity. The Treasury and mayors feel the benefit in their coffers from increased tax take by ensuring everyone can contribute.”

The foundation has said it is important the Government secure EU regional developing funding allocated to 2020 as part of Brexit negotiations, with £180m currently earmarked for the Sheffield region.

It added: “Longer term, the government needs to earmark at least an equivalent level of funding to create a Rebalancing Fund, allocated to devolved administrations and Local Enterprise Partnerships to support inclusive growth and employment in lagging towns and cities.”

It has also called for Sheffield’s new city mayor - due to be elected next year - to use their powers over ‘adult skills, transport and housing to improve connections between deprived neighbourhoods and local jobs’.