The Smith Institute’s recent report “Poverty in Suburbia” examines the growth of poverty in the suburbs of towns and cities in England and Wales, particularly in the major conurbations. It argues that policy makers have glossed over poverty issues outside the inner cities and rural areas; suburbia is still perceived as relatively prosperous whilst in fact poverty is prevalent and is growing here.

As a consequence of the report’s findings, the author, Paul Hunter, argues for recognition of the growing incidence of poverty in the suburbs and policy changes which will benefit households in poverty in these areas.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all councils with an interest in economic development, poverty reduction and welfare and those with responsibility for health, social services and housing and to those elected members who represent suburban wards.

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