Strabane Ward Most Deprived Area In NI.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

STRABANE'S East ward has been named as the most deprived area in Northern Ireland according to the latest statistics.

The figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics amd Research Agency (NISRA) revealed that out of 890 areas, the East ward area which reaches from Ballycolman Avenue to Drumrallagh Estate, is ranked number one on the table of most deprived.

Elsewhere, the report also disclosed that a fifth (20) of the poorest areas listed in the top 100 are located in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Five of those 'Super Output Areas' (SOA) are in the top 10.

Two other Strabane district wards - Ballycolman and Glenderg - also made the top 100 list sitting at numbers 37 and 90 respectively.

The degree of deprivation in each area was assessed by 38 separate indicators relating to seven types or 'domains' of deprivation.

These include income, employment, health and disability, education skills and training, access to services, living environment, and crime and disorder.

A weighted combination of the seven domains formed the results for the overall Multiple Deprivation Measure (MDM). Gradings for each of the individual domains have also been compiled.

Grim Reacting to the grim findings, Strabane MLA.,Michaela Boyle, said the statistics reinforce the need for a 'robust' anti-poverty strategy.

She said: "The latest statistics which designate the East Ward in Strabane as the most deprived in the six counties along with confirmation that the highest levels of multiple deprivation continue to be in the Belfast and Derry/Strabane Council areas, demonstrate the need for a robust anti-poverty strategy to combat these ongoing inequalities.

"Tackling multi-deprivation is a foremost priority for our party.

For example, despite a backdrop of budgetary constraints to the Assembly budget due to over one billion in cuts to the block grant by the British government since 2010, Sinn Féin ministers in the Assembly Executive negotiated and consistently pursued progressive policies aimed at targeting social need."

She continued: "Despite these and a wide range of other measures devoted to tackling multi-deprivation and tackling social need, it is clear from these latest NISRA statistics that the structural inequality that has historically existed is still very much with us.

"These inequalities need to be robustly tackled if we are going to improve the lives of everyone and help them fulfil their true potential.

"It will be imperative that any incoming Executive utilises the most recent data to fully develop an anti-poverty strategy which clearly targets those most in need, setting out the actions and outcomes they plan to achieve alongside a budget for ensuring the work is carried out.

"That needs to be a priority and Sinn Féin will be continuing to engage with departmental officials as they prepare proposals for the anti-poverty strategy."


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