Our research with Local Trust, ‘Left behind? Understanding communities on the edge’, contributed to the creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods.
The APPG is a cross-party group of MPs and Members of the House of Lords and is co-chaired by Dame Diana Johnson DBE MP and Paul Howell MP.
It is committed to improving social and economic outcomes for residents in communities that suffer from a combination of economic deprivation, poor connectivity, low levels of community engagement and a lack of community spaces and places.
We have been commissioned to provide and present evidence on a series of topics to support the APPG with its objectives.
These evidence pieces provide detailed analysis, taking ‘deeper dives’ into data on specific thematic issues across ‘left behind’ areas including:
Read on for insight into the next two data dives on Economy and Connectivity, and sign up to our mailing list to ensure you are alerted when findings are published.
This data dive looks at a range of socio-economic data to provide an understanding of the economic characteristics of ‘left behind’ areas.
The analysis explored the shape of the economy across the following themes:
This data-dive focuses on specific challenges in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods concerning access to services and transport. We are exploring connectivity in terms of:
The analysis will also look at how these interact, for example, exploring whether there are areas experiencing the dual disadvantage of low car ownership and long travel times to key services by public transport.
Findings from the Economic data dive have been shared with the APPG group to help inform policies to address economic challenges in ‘left behind’ areas and identify areas needing the most support.
For the Connectivity data dive, Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) will use this information to inform a final report to highlight the increasingly important nature of the relationship between transport and digital connectivity.
We are excited to continue working with Campaign for Better Transport and Local Trust to identify a number of ‘left behind’ areas for case studies. These will focus on areas with poor public transport connectivity, the impacts for residents and the underlying contributing factors. The case studies will be used to illustrate hyper-local and community responses to poor connectivity – such as transport action plans and flexible on-demand bus services.