The APPG for 'left behind' neighbourhoods was active between June 2020 and March 2024. This website will no longer be updated.

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods in England are critically lacking in social infrastructure, with a far lower density of community assets than both other similarly deprived areas and the national average. 


In terms of community assets, these neighbourhoods are behind in almost every major category – ranging from cultural spaces and sports and leisure facilities, to, crucially, community-owned assets.

This is the first in a new series exploring the key issues facing ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, providing an accessible overview of the evidence and key recommendations for generating long-term improvements for these areas and their residents.


Key recommendations:


  • A long-term, hyper-local, evidence-led strategy that places social infrastructure at the heart of levelling up
  • A reinvented funding model that targets investment at ‘left-behind’ neighbourhoods
  • New community rights, underpinned by new resources from central government.