The geographic county of Lancashire is the administrative County and the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.

  • It covers some 3075 km sq and has a population of about 1.5 million.
  • It was at the heart of the industrial revolution, but the decline of the major manufacturing industries has resulted in a diocese where highly skilled work is valued; e.g. in the aerospace industry, but where over 75% of the working population are employed in the service sector.
  • Income generation is also poor. In general it is characterised as a low wage area. Only 5 of the 14 districts and unitaries are at or above the national average for income.
  • When considering the multiple deprivation index (2015 base) 6 of the LA areas fall within the most deprived 50 LA’s and of the remaining 8 only 2 authorities are totally outside the 50% most deprived.
  • Similar mixed messages are given when considering unemployment and other statistics. Blackpool at 7.8% (+/- 1.5%), Blackburn with Darwen at 7.3% (+/- 1.3%) and Burnley at 7.1% (+/- 2.0%) had high unemployment rates for the year ending June 2015.
  • The ethnic diversity of the Diocese is similarly skewed, with East Lancashire featuring prominently when considering the percentage of people from different ethnic backgrounds.