The Broken Britain Index
The 'Broken Britain Index' is a detailed breakdown of the state of essential services across England.
The index, which amalgamates 18 critical indicators across health, education, policing, transport, and local infrastructure, paints a stark picture of regional disparity. It's a comprehensive assessment, covering all 307 local authorities.
It finds traditional ‘red wall’, Midlands and Northern towns and cities have been hit hardest, with Nottingham emerging as the capital of Broken Britain.
With every part of the country under huge pressure, the West Midlands is identified as the region bearing the brunt of failure in essential services.
You can find the full methodology here
You can find the Scottish version of our Broken Britain Index here
20 most severely affected communities
The ‘Broken Britain Index’ is a composite index of 18 indicators across three categories.
'Healthcare Emergency' includes NHS waiting times for A&E, RTT and cancer, ambulance response times, maternity services ratings, and access to GP and dentist appointments.
'Forgotten Generation' includes KS4 attainment, persistent absenteeism, teacher attrition and access to mental health services for young people.
'Crumbling Communities' includes metrics on crime severity, shoplifting rates, charge rates, proportion of empty high street shops, food insecurity, cuts to local bus services, and the condition of roads.