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Cumbrian poverty highlighted in new report

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A new report by a Cumbrian charity is highlighting poverty and disadvantages across the county.

The Cumbria Community Foundation collected data to publish 'Cumbria Revealed', in the hope to portray what life is really like.

The report's findings will be used to tackle the issues, matching people who care with causes that matter to them.

The charity says it's responding by doubling long term funds and doubling the annual grant making.

Here's some of the findings from the report:

  • 1 in 10 households live in poverty (including 11,700 children)
  • 1 in 8 households have an income of less than £10,000 a year
  • 1 in 5 people have a long-term health problem or disability
  • 68% of adults are overweight
  • 32,000 pensioners live alone
  • 25% of the population will be aged over 65 in 2020
  • 230 people killed or seriously injured on the roads each year
  • 1 person takes their own life every week
  • 34,000 people experience depression
  • 1,800 people are diagnosed with dementia every year

Within our outwardly appearing wealthy and healthy county, some of our communities are facing real poverty and disadvantage. The report shines a light on the social problems which lie in the shadows of the mountains that the county is famous for. We’ve created a map of need and a key to the solutions.

“It also looks at inspirational people who share our aspirations for connecting people in the county with the life changing projects. By growing philanthropy, pooling our resources, focusing our efforts, working closely with others, we will help create a better future for Cumbria."

– Andy Beeforth, Cumbria Community Foundation’s Chief Executive