Areas of relatively high deprivation


Whilst Cambridgeshire is generally prosperous, there are pockets within the county where deprivation levels exceed or equal the national average, most particularly in parts of Wisbech, Huntingdon and in Cambridge. These areas are characterised by high levels of income deprivation (around one in three children live in families in receipt of benefits); by a high proportion of parents/carers with no formal educational qualifications who work in routine or semi-routine occupations; and by a high proportion of families living in rented, and frequently overcrowded, social housing. Children living in these areas are exposed to multiple social deprivations which adversely affect their health, educational attainment and life chances. Children from poorer families living in more prosperous areas are also at risk of poorer outcomes.