THE gap between rich and poor in Solihull is one of the biggest in the country a report warned last month.
While most of the population are better off than the national average, parts of Solihull are still incredibly deprived according to the latest Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).
Despite the north/south divide, the borough performed well overall - receiving three stars out of four. And 88 per cent of Silhillians were satisfied with the area’s public services.
Coun Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, said he was pleased by the outcome.
“The assessment acknowledges the majority of Solihull residents are very satisfied with the area. This could not have been achieved without good planning and support from councillor colleagues and the hard work of our staff across all departments.”
The report also found that:
l Solihull has a strong economy and people earn above the average wage.
l Crime is lower than in other parts of the West Midlands - while offences like burglary have been reduced, there has been less progress in tackling violent crime.
l Life expectancy for women is 83.8 years and 78.4 years for men (although there is a disparity between the deprived and affluent wards).
l The percentage of residents from an ethnic minority has more than doubled since the 2001 census (it’s now estimated at 9.4 per cent).
For the first time last year the CAA was carried out by the new, independent Oneplace initiative.
The full report is available at http://oneplace.direct.gov.uk .