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Cornwall is the UK's poorest area

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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CORNWALL'S economic performance is now the worst in the UK, official figures have revealed.

The county has slipped behind West Wales and the South Wales valleys in economic output.

Cornwall's position has now deteriorated in comparison to all other areas, and it is the poorest part of the UK.

The statistics show that in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly gross value added (GVA), the measurement linked to gross domestic product (GDP), went down in 2012 to 61.2 per cent, compared with 62.5 per cent in 2011.

Mebyon Kernow blamed central government's complacency for the county's situation.

The party's economy spokesman Councillor Andrew Long said: "It's a sad indictment of the priorities of the London parties that, while the UK economy grew by 4.2 per cent in 2011-12, Cornwall's gross value added, the standard measurement of economic performance, dropped by 3.3 per cent.

"This means that, when indexed against the rest of the UK, we are just 61.2 per cent of the average.

"We have now dropped below the other area that has been suffering, West Wales and the Valleys, and now sit bottom of the table of the 37 areas of the country. Despite three rounds of assistance from the European Union, we're still struggling to gain an economic foothold and it's a reflection of the lack of concern from the Westminster government for the people of Cornwall that we sit where we are.

"We need to gain real control of the next round of European funding to ensure that we target this regeneration funding into creating a sustainable, dynamic and local economy."

Cornwall's total GVA in 2012 was £7 billion, down 0.3 per cent on 2011, a period when in the UK as a whole it rose by 1.7 per cent.

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  • BobToronto  |  January 19 2014, 11:10PM

    £7 an hour after 23 years? What was the job? Did the worker improve skills? If the worker has been doing the same job with the same skills, why should above minimum pay be justified?

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  • Wazzamatter  |  January 17 2014, 8:54PM

    @ Big_Ger: "23 years and stil (sic) only earning seven quid an hour? Have they worked out what they are doing wrong yet?" Ooh, aren't we being sarcastic? The person is working for a company which is too tight to pay a living wage, exactly the same problem that applies to so many jobs in Cornwall. Changing jobs isn't practical in most cases as there are hardly any other jobs available, and of the very few that are available, most are only paying minimum wage anyway, so there would be no point in changing anyway. The fact that there are very few well paid jobs in Cornwall is what keeps the wage levels down, a vicious circle.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 16 2014, 8:19AM

    "I know of a person who has been working in one of the top restraunts in Cornwall for 23 years and still gets less than 7 pounds an hour !" says "shagrats". 23 years and stil only earning seven quid an hour? Have they worked out what they are doing wrong yet?

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  • Truro_England  |  January 15 2014, 6:09PM

    Cornwall Council are only interested in making Cornwall look nice for tourists, Truro city council spend 100's of thousands a year on flowers. Look at the attractions here, many are aimed at day trippers who are more senior in life and only want a peaceful day out, unfortunately they don't spend much money.

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  • break  |  January 15 2014, 3:40PM

    Britain is a sinking ship,Governments and Councils are only interested in what they can get out of it before it completely sinks.I wonder if Cornwall is being deliberately kept poor,so that officials can squander off the millions of £'s of Objective One money.

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  • josdave  |  January 15 2014, 12:25PM

    As long as the council puts all its eggs in the tourist basket and makes no effort to attract real industry paying real wages for full time jobs this situation will only get worse. Add to that we are paying the highest water rates and it makes me wonder how the Lib Dems will fare in 2015 for propping up this very divisive Tory government.

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  • shagrats  |  January 15 2014, 12:22PM

    I know of a person who has been working in one of the top restraunts in Cornwall for 23 years and still gets less than 7 pounds an hour ! Disgrace ! Low paid seasonal work has done nothing for this county yet it is promoted as the cash cow that can not be messed with.

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