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What is a ‘left behind’ neighbourhood?

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods are communities that suffer from a combination of social and economic deprivation, poor connectivity (physical and digital), low levels of community engagement and a lack of community spaces and places.

What is the APPG for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods is a cross party group of MPs and Peers. It is committed to improving social and economic outcomes for residents living in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, through the development and advocacy of hyper-local initiatives and policies to ensure that communities are stronger and more resilient in the future.

What is the Community Wealth Fund and how does it relate to the APPG? 

The Community Wealth Fund is a proposal by an alliance of over 200 public, private and voluntary sector organisations (the Community Wealth Fund Alliance). The Alliance is calling for investment in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods across England, specifically in infrastructure to develop community confidence, capacity and resilience.

How are ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods identified?

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods are identified by combining data from the Community Needs Index (CNI) and Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). The CNI identifies areas that have poor connectivity (physical and digital), low levels of community engagement and a lack of community spaces and places. The IMD ranks areas based on their levels of social and economic deprivation. Neighbourhoods that rank amongst the most deprived 10% in both the IMD and the CNI are classified as ‘left behind’, numbering 225 neighbourhoods in total.

Why do we use the term ‘left behind’?

We do not use ‘left behind’ to imply that the areas so described lack people with skills and commitment or a rich heritage. We know from our experience of the Big Local programme that the reverse is generally the case. However, they have tended not to receive a fair share of the investment available and therefore lack the services and facilities that many of us take for granted. It is these services and facilities that help to connect people in a community and bind them together. It is in this sense that they are ‘left behind’.

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