Inequality, in its various forms, is a challenge in our Borough.
We have affluent areas alongside areas of deprivation. Nine of our wards are in the ten per cent most deprived in the country and there’s an average male life expectancy gap of 21 years between the most and least deprived areas.
We’re determined to do something about this and ensure people can enjoy a healthy and happy life in the Borough, with equal access to opportunities and the support they need.
A Fairer Stockton-on-Tees is our commitment to fighting the fundamental unfair differences that negatively impact people’s life chances, quality of life and life expectancy. It’s an ambitious ten-year vision that involves five key interventions to realise its aims:
- Tackling fundamental issues across the Borough as a whole
- Focus on reducing the inequalities faced by disadvantaged communities
- Targeted work to help the most marginalised people in Stockton-on-Tees
- Focus on deprived neighbourhoods identified through data and research
- Review the Council’s role as a major employer, commissioner and purchaser
This initiative is one of the key priorities in the Council Plan. Following a period of research, consultation and engagement – work is moving ahead to turn the strategic framework into a deliverable and measurable action plan over the coming months that will identify the specific actions and resources required to make a real difference for some of our most vulnerable and deprived residents, wards and communities.