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About Blackpool Fairness Commission

Blackpool Fairness Commission is an independent group of public, private, community, voluntary and faith representatives who volunteer to make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work. We lead and support a number of projects throughout the town, including dementia awareness and Fairtrade, while also supporting and promoting community events that benefit the local area.

Blackpool is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, ranking 4th on the Indices of Deprivation Ranking in 2015. This ranking takes into account living environment, housing, crime, health, education, employment and income. The Fairness Commission works to tackle these inequalities by utilising local knowledge, gathering feedback and reviewing evidence to help support changes that will improve the lives of those that live and work within the area.

Aims of Blackpool Fairness Commission

  • Celebrate and positively promote the good work that currently takes place in Blackpool
  • Encourage greater working relationships between organisations
  • Create greater opportunities for people
  • Promote diversity and challenge perceptions
  • Engage with local people and listen to the needs of our communities
  • Challenge unfairness and inequality

Board Members

Dr Arif Rajpura

Dr Arif Rajpura

Director of Public Health, Blackpool Council

David Houston

David Houston

CEO, Trinity Hospice

Jake Adams

Jake Adams

CEO, The Mina Group

Tracy Hopkins

Tracy Hopkins

Chief Executive, Blackpool Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Jane Hugo

Jane Hugo

CEO, The Streetlife Trust Charity

Mike Crowther

Mike Crowther

CEO, Empowerment Charity

Cannon Dick Cartmell

Cannon Dick Cartmell

Lancashire Churches Together

Matthew Burrow

Matthew Burrow

Head of Corporate Assurance, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Teaching Hospitals

Dr Sarah Shaw

Dr Sarah Shaw

GP Partners, Layton Medical Centre

Andy Darron

Andy Darron

Executive Director, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside

Peter Hannon

Peter Hannon

Lancashire Constabulary

Connor Danson

Connor Danson

Vice Chair & DMYP, Blackpool Youth Council

Ian Treasure

Ian Treasure

Partnerships Manager, Blackpool Fulfilling Lives

Chloe Shore

Chloe Shore

Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager, Blackpool Council

The Hard Truth

31.3% of the population of Blackpool have no qualifications, higher than the national average of 22.5%. Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

25% of the Blackpool population are on any benefit (including work benefit, IB/ESA or jobseekers). Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

29.5% of children in Blackpool are living in poverty – 9200 children! (According to the child poverty framework)

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13.4% of households are estimated to be in fuel poverty

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Blackpool had the lowest age for male and female life expectancy in England

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The Indices of Deprivation 2015 ranked Blackpool the 4thmost deprived area out of 326 local authority areas in England

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