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Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities


Published 26th March 2016


Headline findings from the report include:


  • Levels of deprivation have fallen in all neighbourhoods across the city region, in absolute terms.  The report highlights that there has been an increase in access to better public services and a fall in crime across all neighbourhoods.


  • However, some neighbourhoods have seen living standards improve at a faster rate than others.


  • Policy development needs to take account of neighbourhoods, rather than focusing on borough or city-wide initiatives.


  • The findings show that a north-south divide to understanding deprivation and unemployment is too simplistic as pockets of higher levels of deprivation and unemployment exist across all parts of the city region.


  • The report establishes a new typology for categorising deprived neighbourhoods. These four categories (Isolate, Gentrifier, Escalator and Transit) each demonstrate different attributes which will shape the level and need for policy intervention to tackle the underlying factors responsible for continuing levels of deprivation.



Typology Maps

  1. GM Typology Maps [2.00 mb]
  2. Typology Map - Actual and Potential GM Improvers and Decliners [370.30 kb]
  3. Typology Maps - Bolton Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.95 mb]
  4. Typology Maps - Bury Potential Improvers and Decliners [7.38 mb]
  5. Typology Maps - Manchester Potential Improvers and Decliners [5.46 mb]
  6. Typology Maps - Oldham Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.91 mb]
  7. Typology Maps - Rochdale Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.66 mb]
  8. Typology Maps - Salford Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.18 mb]
  9. Typology Maps - Stockport Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.82 mb]
  10. Typology Maps - Tameside Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.69 mb]
  11. Typology Maps - Trafford Potential Improvers and Decliners [5.82 mb]
  12. Typology Maps - Wigan Potential Improvers and Decliners [6.49 mb]


  1. Appendix 1 MIER Sustainable Communities - Literature Review [128.45 kb]
  2. Appendix 2 MIER Sustainable Communities - Transition Model [508.81 kb]
  3. Appendix 3 MIER Sustainable Communities - Indicator Maps [2.08 mb]
  4. Appendix 4 MIER Sustainable Communities - Worklessness Correlation [92.53 kb]
  5. Appendix 5 MIER Sustainable Communities - Schools [513.59 kb]
  6. Appendix 6 MIER Sustainable Communities - Housing [1.34 mb]
  7. Appendix 7 MIER Sustainable Communities - Transport and Access to Employment [624.75 kb]
  8. Appendix 8 MIER Sustainable Communities - Area Based Initiatives [1.61 mb]
  9. Appendix 9 MIER Sustainable Communities - Case Studies [3.18 mb]
  10. Potential Improvers and Decliners Map - Appendix 10 MIER Sustainable Communities [659.01 kb]


  1. MIER Sustainable Communities Report [11.96 mb]
  2. MIER Sustainable Communities Report - Press Release 27th March 2016 [38.00 kb]