Poor areas get worse services than rich

Deprived neighbourhoods get lower standards of street cleaning and refuse collection than more affluent areas, research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals.

This is in spite of the greater range and severity of problems they face, particularly with graffiti, litter, fly-tipping and poorly maintained public spaces.

A study by the University of Glasgow found environmental services staff working in deprived neighbourhoods were overwhelmed by high levels of litter, undermining the quality of their work. By contrast, in neighbourhoods with fewer problems, staff were better able to work effectively.

But Annette Hastings, co-author of the report, says: “Dirty streets can be fixed more easily than other problems. Services must be designed to meet the needs of deprived neighbourhoods.”