Bexley named one of ‘least prosperous’ places in new research

PUBLISHED: 16:46 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:46 27 October 2015

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The borough is in the bottom 10 places in the country

Bexley has been named one of the ‘least prosperous’ areas of Britain in a new report released today.

The report - called the ‘Geography of Prosperity’ was created by international think tank the Legatum Institute. The London based organisation used data drawn from the Office of National Statistics to come up with the table of the most, and least prosperous areas in the UK. Bexley was in the bottom 10 of the table which examined 170 different areas of Britain. The results were based on measuring the average income per person alongside how ‘happy’ they feel. Bexley sank to 162 in the country out of the total 170 places looked at.

Sian Hansen, executive director of the Legatum Institute, said: “The ‘Geography of Prosperity’ index reveals that prosperity is about more than just wealth — it is about feeling that one’s life is worthwhile.

The data shows that London is unsurprisingly the most diverse of all the major cities in the UK, containing 4 in 5 of the most prosperous parts of the whole of the UK, but also 3 out of 10 of the least prosperous.

“The index shows that while robust economic success can make an area prosperous; this in itself is not enough. Some of the most prosperous areas of the country are those where, regardless of their income, people have the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilling and prosperous lives.”

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