The child poverty rate in Penzance is 41% – on a par with parts of inner city London, Birmingham and Manchester – compared to the national average of 25%,
The average wage is just over £22,000 a year against a south-west average of £25,625.
And the national average is higher.
But we measure “poverty” as being below 60% of the national median household income, adjusted for size (and often after housing costs).
We do not adjust for differences in regional or local living costs.
Thus if we have an area with generally lower incomes all around then we’re going to have more “poverty”. Not that this next would particularly help Cornwall but if we adjusted for local costs we would find that a lot of British “poverty” would disappear. Because we do have vast, by European standards, regional differences in prices and incomes.