“It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”
While the county of Oxfordshire has many positive attributes, it also features great inequality. For every show of affluence for which places like Oxford, Henley and Chipping Norton are known, there are clusters of individuals and families living in poverty. Our report Oxfordshire Uncovered explores the hidden social problems in the county and the effect they have on the social fabric and cohesion of our community.
This report sets about uncovering those areas and themes where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where communities are struggling. To do this, we have gathered together information from many sources, which allow us to compare the picture in Oxfordshire with the rest of England, and to visualise the granular detail of the areas of social need specific to our county.
Some key facts from the report:
- 15 neighbourhoods are in the 20% most deprived in England
- Oxford is the least affordable place to live in Britain, with houses costing 16 times the local annual income
- Over 1,000 people in the county are homeless
- Oxford’s Key Stage 2 (age 7–11) school results are in the bottom 25% nationally
- There were nearly 10,000 cases of domestic abuse cases involving children in 2013–14
- On average, two children in every Oxfordshire classroom are young carers, and nearly 40% of them have special educational needs
- There are over 115,000 over-65s – the fastest-growing age group in the county
- Around half of people aged 65+ say TV or pets are their main company
- Note that these figures were correct at the time of the report’s publication, in June 2016.
To read the full report, please view it using the link below, or contact us to request a printed copy.
View Oxfordshire Uncovered (online flipping book)