Building social inclusion and community cohesion
Social exclusion takes many forms, only some of them within the remit of the borough council, but we will work with other authorities and partner agencies to tackle some of those where we can - social deprivation, homelessness, access to education, access to employment, discrimination, loneliness and isolation to name but a few.
Our new community support officers will seek innovative ways of working to catch the people that fall through the cracks. By working together with partner agencies we can reduce the pressure on the police, the NHS and make our communities safer.
We will seek to adopt and create creative projects and initiatives to promote social inclusion.
An Allerdale for everybody
Allerdale is a diverse district with a rich history and stunning landscapes. The area has low levels of crime and many of our residents enjoy an excellent quality of life - but we are not without some significant challenges.
Allerdale ranks 115 out of 326 local authorities in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation. But this figure masks significant differences at a more local level with some considerable areas of deprivation.
Average household income in Allerdale is below the national average with significant variations in average income levels across the borough, ranging from £14,288 to £43,640, with an estimated 13.8% of households having an annual income of less than £10,000.
13.9% of children in Allerdale are living in poverty, but once again the figures across the borough vary considerably with the highest ward having levels of 30.7%. We are heading in the right direction, with these figures decreasing under the current government from 15.4% and 37% respectively, but the borough council can and should do more.
By tackling our historic problems head on we can start to make to the changes that the borough so desperately needs.