Health is Wealth: How parts of Britain are now poorer than POLAND with families in Wales and Cornwall among Europe’s worst off

The Mail reports 5th May 2014:  How parts of Britain are now poorer than POLAND with families in Wales and Cornwall among Europe’s worst off Health is Wealth… UK governments need to build up the infrastructure in the poorest regions if the situation is to change.. The objective one and the community fund opportunities have passed by and now we must do it ourselves as Eastern Europe will take all monies in the foreseeable future..

Parts of Britain are now poorer than Poland, Lithuania and Hungary, official figures reveal.

People in the Welsh Valleys and Cornwall – Britain’s two poorest areas – scrape by on less than £14,300 a year on average.

Because Britain is so expensive, this leaves families in these areas worse off than those vast swathes of Eastern Europe, according to an EU study.

In much of the UK, people's incomes are well below the EU average - in some areas by as much as a third. In the map (above) Britain's poorest regions are highlighted, showing how far below the European average incomes have fallen. The Cornish, for example, are 36 per cent less well-off than the EU norm. Families in Slovenia meanwhile are just 16 per cent poorer - and in Portugal 23 per cent.

In much of the UK, people’s incomes are well below the EU average – in some areas by as much as a third. In the map (above) Britain’s poorest regions are highlighted, showing how far below the European average incomes have fallen. The Cornish, for example, are 36 per cent less well-off than the EU norm. Families in Slovenia meanwhile are just 16 per cent poorer – and in Portugal 23 per cent.

In Lincolnshire and Durham, the next two poorest areas in Britain, people live on less than £16,500 a year.

This puts them in the same bracket as Estonians and rural Poles, once prices are taken into account.

Britain as a whole fares a little better, with average earnings of £23,300 – just over the EU average of £20,750. But this still leaves us out of the top 10 wealthiest countries in the EU.

Update 15th July 2014. The Economist July 12th in “A Costly Solitude” on Scottish Independence: Wales GVA (Gross Value Added, or output per person) which explains why there is more pressure to ration more in Wales..

While Britain is home to Europe's richest city, most of the country is poorer than the Continent

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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