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Blackburn with Darwen bottom of league for disposable income

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn with Darwen bottom of league for disposable income Blackburn with Darwen bottom of league for disposable income

BLACKBURN with Darwen residents have less disposable income than almost anywhere else in the country, according to a new survey.

The report from the Office for National Statistics revealed the average household in the borough had just £11,582 to spend annually – compared to a massive £36,963 in West London.

The ONS study looked at 139 areas in the UK and measured the disposable income of each household. It found households within the Lancashire County Council area fared slightly better, with £15,109 on average to spend after tax.

The figures show the North-South divide with disposable cash is at its highest in Surrey, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London; lowest in Nottingham, Leicester, Blackburn with Darwen and Hull.

President of Blackburn Chamber of Trade Tony Duckworth said: “I am aware of these figures and I have to say it makes for very depressing reading.

“I know that in Blackburn and Darwen a lot of people are struggling on low incomes and there are a great many people, a worrying amount of people, who can’t afford their own home.

“Saying that, however, when you’re out and about in Blackburn town centre, we seem to have a very happy and very vibrant shopping community and businesses are doing well.

“My biggest concern for the area is those who are struggling on benefits and what can be done to improve their lives.

“Getting them a job and encouraging them to do better would give them more disposable income and so they would be able to contribute to the local economy.”

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10:24am Fri 6 Jun 14

woolywords says...

“Getting them a job and encouraging them to do better would give them more disposable income and so they would be able to contribute to the local economy.”
Really?
Just how much disposable income do you think that people have, on the low wages paid in this area?
You obviously, have no idea of the reality of life in this town.
“Getting them a job and encouraging them to do better would give them more disposable income and so they would be able to contribute to the local economy.” Really? Just how much disposable income do you think that people have, on the low wages paid in this area? You obviously, have no idea of the reality of life in this town. woolywords
  • Score: 31

10:24am Fri 6 Jun 14

sammy37 says...

Nowt new there that we didn't know.
When a high percentage of income is spent on heating, elect, community and food, not much left for saving.
Nowt new there that we didn't know. When a high percentage of income is spent on heating, elect, community and food, not much left for saving. sammy37
  • Score: 68

10:27am Fri 6 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

The real problem is low pay. People who put in a hard day's work should get enough pay in return to have a decent standard of life.
The real problem is low pay. People who put in a hard day's work should get enough pay in return to have a decent standard of life. Excluded again
  • Score: 87

10:37am Fri 6 Jun 14

Seth Mould says...

I agree completely with Tony Duckworth. But finding work outside the retail sector is tough in Blackburn. We need more casual and temp opportunities.
I agree completely with Tony Duckworth. But finding work outside the retail sector is tough in Blackburn. We need more casual and temp opportunities. Seth Mould
  • Score: -51

12:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?
Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -57

12:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the beaver says...

All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else.
All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else. the beaver
  • Score: 48

12:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

We'll win the next one says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?
Says the Inbreed from TurdMoor
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?[/p][/quote]Says the Inbreed from TurdMoor We'll win the next one
  • Score: -33

1:00pm Fri 6 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?
For once, you might be making a very valid point, if you want to compare the two grounds here...
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-19842397

Although Blackburn is cheaper than Burnley, they still cannot get decent attendances. I don't know about Burnley but Blackburn often gave away heavily discounted match day tickets. Whether this is due to the quality of the game, is for others to judge.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?[/p][/quote]For once, you might be making a very valid point, if you want to compare the two grounds here... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-19842397 Although Blackburn is cheaper than Burnley, they still cannot get decent attendances. I don't know about Burnley but Blackburn often gave away heavily discounted match day tickets. Whether this is due to the quality of the game, is for others to judge. woolywords
  • Score: -34

2:15pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Kevin, Colne says...

The figures quoted in the article above , which come from ONS Regional Disposable Household Income NUT S3 Table 3.2, make grim reading. The next table in the sequence is more revealing, in my view. Table 3.3 shows the time series since 1997 of Gross Disposable Income Per Head at Current Basic Prices indexed to UK. At the start of the series the figure for BwD was 80.1 and in 2012 this was 69.0. This is simply breath-taking.
The figures quoted in the article above , which come from ONS Regional Disposable Household Income NUT S3 Table 3.2, make grim reading. The next table in the sequence is more revealing, in my view. Table 3.3 shows the time series since 1997 of Gross Disposable Income Per Head at Current Basic Prices indexed to UK. At the start of the series the figure for BwD was 80.1 and in 2012 this was 69.0. This is simply breath-taking. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 52

3:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?
I don't know why you bother commenting anymore people have realised your just frustrated and need an outlet for your frustrations so carry on by all means with your childish outpourings
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Is this why Trampwood park is always half empty on match day?[/p][/quote]I don't know why you bother commenting anymore people have realised your just frustrated and need an outlet for your frustrations so carry on by all means with your childish outpourings ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 45

6:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

martra1964 says...

If you import poverty into your town the results do not shock me.
If you import poverty into your town the results do not shock me. martra1964
  • Score: 46

7:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

the beaver wrote:
All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else.
This is true - I am always amazed that Labour voters haven't twigged the fact that Labour's future success depends on their supporters remaining poor and disenfranchised.
Labour don't want you to get rich. They don't want you to succeed. They desperately need you to remain poor and vulnerable and downtrodden - because if you got a good job, became affluent and middle-class, you would probably stop voting Labour and become a Tory voter instead.
Anyway, NuLabour know this which is why they initiated mass immigration. Lots of new immigrants, all thankful for their new easy lives on benefits, council house, health care and education - well, as soon as they become British citizens, they will vote for Labour for the rest of their lives in order to say thanks.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else.[/p][/quote]This is true - I am always amazed that Labour voters haven't twigged the fact that Labour's future success depends on their supporters remaining poor and disenfranchised. Labour don't want you to get rich. They don't want you to succeed. They desperately need you to remain poor and vulnerable and downtrodden - because if you got a good job, became affluent and middle-class, you would probably stop voting Labour and become a Tory voter instead. Anyway, NuLabour know this which is why they initiated mass immigration. Lots of new immigrants, all thankful for their new easy lives on benefits, council house, health care and education - well, as soon as they become British citizens, they will vote for Labour for the rest of their lives in order to say thanks. Copperhead
  • Score: 49

9:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

child44 says...

“I know that in Blackburn and Darwen a lot of people are struggling on low incomes and there are a great many people, a worrying amount of people, who can’t afford their own home."

Do you mean can't afford to live in their own home (where a 'home' isn't necessarily something you own) or can't afford to buy their own home?
Not being able to afford to buy a house isn't such a big worry; not being able to afford to live in one, is.
“I know that in Blackburn and Darwen a lot of people are struggling on low incomes and there are a great many people, a worrying amount of people, who can’t afford their own home." Do you mean can't afford to live in their own home (where a 'home' isn't necessarily something you own) or can't afford to buy their own home? Not being able to afford to buy a house isn't such a big worry; not being able to afford to live in one, is. child44
  • Score: 47

1:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

Copperhead wrote:
the beaver wrote:
All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else.
This is true - I am always amazed that Labour voters haven't twigged the fact that Labour's future success depends on their supporters remaining poor and disenfranchised.
Labour don't want you to get rich. They don't want you to succeed. They desperately need you to remain poor and vulnerable and downtrodden - because if you got a good job, became affluent and middle-class, you would probably stop voting Labour and become a Tory voter instead.
Anyway, NuLabour know this which is why they initiated mass immigration. Lots of new immigrants, all thankful for their new easy lives on benefits, council house, health care and education - well, as soon as they become British citizens, they will vote for Labour for the rest of their lives in order to say thanks.
This is probably the biggest load of nonsense I've ever read on here !

BwD has always been well known as a low income area. It's not a recent phenomenon. It's mainly because of the traditional low wages paid in the area. And the recent attacks on the poorest areas by the ConDem Govt hasn't helped.
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Just how has Labour (liebor - how clever ha ha) made it 'impossible' for big business to invest in BwD ? Big business is more than welcome to invest. Crown, ICI are just 2 examples of quality businesses in oyur Borough.
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It's absolute rubbish that Labour don't want folk to succeed. You can't have it both ways - no doubt yiou moaned when every section in society got richer with Blair/Brown ?? Folk are now £1,600 WORSE OFF under the ConDems - the first Govt this century where most folk are worse at the end of a Parliament. (except for £millionaires of course - who are much better off).
*
No doubt you think that 'NuLabour' were responsible for immigration by the Romans, Angles, Jutes, Saxons. Danes, Hugenots. Jews, Irish, Scots, etc etc etc .... oh ... hang on .. the Labour Party didn't even exist then !!! So were the Conservatives responsible for the mass EMIGRATION of folk from our country to Canada, USA, Australia, France, Spain etc etc ??? The UK along with most other countries (notably the USA, Canada, Australia) has a long, long, long history of immigration and emigration.
*
The vast majority of 'new immigrants' WORK and contribute taxes to our country. Indeed the employment rate of 'new immigrants' is higher than UK citizens and the benefit claim is less. Also the vast majority live in private homes not 'council houses' (which actually don't exist anymore).
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Are you referring to the Queen, Prince Phillip, etc as 'new immigrants' who have an 'easy life on benefits', given a 'council (taxpayer funded) house' and paid for health care and education ??!! No doubt, if they could, you would say they'd vote Labour !!!
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No doubt you have not the gumption to work outy that Tory voting 'middle class' folk also receive benefits too. And just over 50% of benefits are paid to OAP's - a good %age of whom vote Tory.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All part of liebors straw and hollerns master plan make it impossible for big businesses to invest in the area. Blame everyone else and keep there seats safe in other words I'm alright jack stuff everyone else.[/p][/quote]This is true - I am always amazed that Labour voters haven't twigged the fact that Labour's future success depends on their supporters remaining poor and disenfranchised. Labour don't want you to get rich. They don't want you to succeed. They desperately need you to remain poor and vulnerable and downtrodden - because if you got a good job, became affluent and middle-class, you would probably stop voting Labour and become a Tory voter instead. Anyway, NuLabour know this which is why they initiated mass immigration. Lots of new immigrants, all thankful for their new easy lives on benefits, council house, health care and education - well, as soon as they become British citizens, they will vote for Labour for the rest of their lives in order to say thanks.[/p][/quote]This is probably the biggest load of nonsense I've ever read on here ! BwD has always been well known as a low income area. It's not a recent phenomenon. It's mainly because of the traditional low wages paid in the area. And the recent attacks on the poorest areas by the ConDem Govt hasn't helped. * Just how has Labour (liebor - how clever ha ha) made it 'impossible' for big business to invest in BwD ? Big business is more than welcome to invest. Crown, ICI are just 2 examples of quality businesses in oyur Borough. * It's absolute rubbish that Labour don't want folk to succeed. You can't have it both ways - no doubt yiou moaned when every section in society got richer with Blair/Brown ?? Folk are now £1,600 WORSE OFF under the ConDems - the first Govt this century where most folk are worse at the end of a Parliament. (except for £millionaires of course - who are much better off). * No doubt you think that 'NuLabour' were responsible for immigration by the Romans, Angles, Jutes, Saxons. Danes, Hugenots. Jews, Irish, Scots, etc etc etc .... oh ... hang on .. the Labour Party didn't even exist then !!! So were the Conservatives responsible for the mass EMIGRATION of folk from our country to Canada, USA, Australia, France, Spain etc etc ??? The UK along with most other countries (notably the USA, Canada, Australia) has a long, long, long history of immigration and emigration. * The vast majority of 'new immigrants' WORK and contribute taxes to our country. Indeed the employment rate of 'new immigrants' is higher than UK citizens and the benefit claim is less. Also the vast majority live in private homes not 'council houses' (which actually don't exist anymore). * Are you referring to the Queen, Prince Phillip, etc as 'new immigrants' who have an 'easy life on benefits', given a 'council (taxpayer funded) house' and paid for health care and education ??!! No doubt, if they could, you would say they'd vote Labour !!! * No doubt you have not the gumption to work outy that Tory voting 'middle class' folk also receive benefits too. And just over 50% of benefits are paid to OAP's - a good %age of whom vote Tory. english rose 1
  • Score: 3

1:16am Mon 9 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

Copperhead - if you have ginger hair you are probably descended from Norman immigrants.
Copperhead - if you have ginger hair you are probably descended from Norman immigrants. english rose 1
  • Score: 1

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