Wandsworth identified as fourth best place to live in England for disadvantaged residents

Published: Tuesday 28th November 17

Wandsworth is one of the most successful places in the country for helping its disadvantaged residents, especially children and young people, on the road to success, according to a detailed nationwide study carried out by the Social Mobility Commission.

In its fifth annual “State of the Nation” report the commission found that Wandsworth was the fourth best place in the country when it comes to helping people overcome deprived backgrounds.

The borough was ranked fourth highest performing in a comprehensive study of 324 English local authorities.

The commission, which is chaired by former Cabinet Minister Alan Milburn, studied 16 separate indicators to assess the education, employability and housing prospects of people living in each of England’s 324 local authority areas.

The 16 indicators cover every major life stage, from early years through to working lives, to map the nation’s social mobility hotspots and coldspots highlighting where people from disadvantaged backgrounds are most and least likely to make social progress.

It found that the best-performing areas of the country along with Wandsworth are Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

The leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said the study highlighted “all the good work that is being done locally to support all our residents, especially those from lower income backgrounds”.

Cllr Govindia added “Through our comprehensive Aspirations Programme we are helping to create the right environment to help all borough residents achieve their full potential.

“We are providing good quality homes, including for those on the lowest incomes, we have superb early years services for children and overseeing some of the best and highest performing state schools in the country, while at the same time helping people find employment in places like Nine Elms where the area’s regeneration has created thousands of jobs specifically aimed at local people.

“We are delighted that our efforts at helping improve the lives of residents has been recognised in this landmark report, but we won’t be standing still. Though our Brighter Borough for All campaign we are determined the make Wandsworth an even better place to live, learn and work.”

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