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
Dr Arif Rajpura
Director of Public Health, Blackpool Council
CEO, Trinity Hospice
CEO, The Mina Group
Chief Executive, Blackpool Citizen’s Advice Bureau
CEO, The Streetlife Trust Charity
CEO, Empowerment Charity
Cannon Dick Cartmell
Lancashire Churches Together
Head of Corporate Assurance, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Teaching Hospitals
Dr Sarah Shaw
GP Partners, Layton Medical Centre
Executive Director, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside
Vice Chair & DMYP, Blackpool Youth Council
Partnerships Manager, Blackpool Fulfilling Lives
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)
13.4% of households are estimated to be in fuel poverty
Blackpool had the lowest age for male and female life expectancy in England
The Indices of Deprivation 2015 ranked Blackpool the 4thmost deprived area out of 326 local authority areas in England