Last week, a report told people the truth about the quality of life for girls in the UK. The report (from charity Plan International UK) looked at the impact of Child Poverty, Life Expectancy, Teenage Pregnancy, GCSE and NEET on the quality of life for girls in all 346 UK district councils.
Suffolk is not the worst but could be a very very much better place to be a girl. In this national survey MidSuffolk came 90th, Suffolk Coastal 125th, St Edmondsbury 146th, Babergh 154th, Forest Heath 213th, Waveney 270th and Ipswich 289th!
In simple terms Mid-Suffolk just missed being in the top 25% for the quality of life it offers girls; Suffolk Coastal, St Edmondsbury and Babergh are in the second quartile; Forest Heath is in the third quartile , while Waveney and Ipswich are in the bottom quartile – with Ipswich being in the bottom 15% nationwide for the quality of life that girls experience.
I raised these shocking figures at Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet, last week, only to discover it was news to elected members and officers alike.
Its clear that the lived reality of girls in Suffolk is being obscured by the way statistics are being collected. Yet the shocking fact is that the quality of life of girls in some parts of Suffolk is in the bottom 15% in the whole country. How come we didn’t know this before? We will never aspire to an equal society if we miss such significant inequality on our own doorstep!
You can read further coverage about this in the EADT /Ipswich Star here