It is estimated that at any one time there is a minimum of 1,000 people living in Blackpool with multiple and complex needs. The Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England report, commissioned by Lankelly Chase and published in January 2015, revealed Blackpool as being the local authority area in England with the highest prevalence of people with severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD).

The information below highlights why Blackpool has such a relatively high proportion of people with multiple needs:

  • Blackpool has significantly more crime per 1000 population than the rest of the Lancashire Districts, the North West Region and England.
  • The Blackpool districts of Talbot, Brunswick, Claremont, Bloomfield, Brunswick, and Park ward, where many of our service users live, all have one or more areas ranked within the top 100 most deprived areas in the country and all feature as crime hotspots for one or more crime categories.
  • Blackpool has some of the highest levels of alcohol related harm in the country, not only in direct health effects such as premature death and chronic liver disease but in other consequences such as disorder and violence.
  • There are an estimated 40,000 Blackpool residents who drink at hazardous or harmful levels, equating to 28% of the adult population.
  • Blackpool’s directly standardised rate of mortality from chronic liver disease is the highest in the country and is more than three times that of the rate in England and Wales. 
  • Blackpool has higher estimated levels of opiate and crack use of at least two and a half times the national average.
  • Injecting drug use in Blackpool is also estimated to be considerably higher than average at over three times the national rate.
  • Within significant areas of Blackpool people are over two times more likely to be admitted to hospital due to mental health needs than the national average.
  • The rate of mortality from suicide has remained consistently greater than that of the North West and England, particularly for males.