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St Helens















St Helens sits on the borders of This fundamental shift in the pattern 

Cheshire and Greater Manchester of employment has been


with a population of approximately at the heart of the challenges 

175,000 people, around 12% of the faced ever since.


Merseyside population.

According to 2011 Census data, 

St Helens’ history is inextricably linked 96.6% of the population are listed as 


to the industrial revolution, being the White British, with 1.9% of the 

location of the world’s first population having a Black and 


commercial canal and its first Minority Ethnic background (BME) 

passenger railway.
which is lower than the Merseyside 

average.


This enabled the town to exploit its 

natural resources, notably through St Helens is a district of contrasts in 


coal mining, which fuelled terms of deprivation with 3.4% of 

significant chemical manufacturing the borough falling within the most 


and a world-famous glass industry.
(0-10%) areas of deprivation in 

Merseyside and 20.3% falling within 

Coal mining and glass the most (0-10%) areas of deprivation 


manufacturing once employed in the country. A total of 12.7% of 

around 50,000 people, well over half the borough falls within the least 


the local population’s workforce. deprived areas, with areas of 

However, the industries that built the affluence in Rainford, Billinge

town have now declined in and Rainhill.


importance, with over 30,000 jobs 

lost in the late 1980s.










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