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The sustainability statement for the planned ‘phase two’ extension of the high speed rail link – which would go from Birmingham further north to destinations like Manchester and Leeds – contains a socio-economic appraisal which makes heavy use of deprivation statistics to claim various local development and regeneration opportunities. The[…]

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The Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is a government agency that funds skills training for further education in England. This includes apprenticeships and training schemes, sixth form colleges, learning from prison and adult education. The agency supports “over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers with £3.6 billion of funding each year”[…]

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MoD using the IMD

According to Hansard records from October 2001 the Ministry of Defence uses the Index of Multiple Deprivation “to inform decisions such as unit moves, site rationalisations and investment decisions on new facilities” I managed to find an example of this in practice – an MoD Strategic Environmental Assessment from November[…]

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The Single Regeneration Budget

The Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) ran from 1995-2001. It pulled together different government programmes and funding streams to try and simplify funding and better support local regeneration projects. According to a 2007 assessment by the Cambridge Department of Land Economy about £26 billion was spent in total with £5.7 billion from the SRB[…]

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Troubled Families

The Government’s Troubled Families programme targeted support at 120,000 families identified by central government as being in need of ‘turning around’ due to experiencing multiple issues of deprivation such as high truancy rates, lack of employment, physical and mental health problems. DCLG estimated that these families cost society about £8 billion[…]

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NHS Dentistry

The NHS uses the Index of Multiple Deprivation as part of a formula for allocating dental services, in what is perhaps a recognition of the relationship between tooth decay and deprivation (here is another post on this). Buried in the technical guide to NHS funding formulae allocations I found this:[…]

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