Case Studies and Research Design
Stoke-on-Trent, a city of around 250,000 people is located in the English Midlands and sits between Birmingham and Manchester. This is a traditional working class area, that today experiences significant levels of deprivation. This deprivation takes multiple forms. Economically, the area has higher than national average levels of unemployment, and a significant proportion of the population have no qualifications (43 per cent of. national average of 29 per cent). Deprivation is also reflected in the health of the local population: mortality is higher than average in this area, as is the prevalence of limiting long term illness (24 per cent cf. national average 18 per cent) (ONS, 2001). Stoke-on-Trent has a significant population from minority ethnic groups. For example, the proportion of the population who identified themselves as Pakistani in the 2001 census is nearly double the national average (ONS, 2001). There is also a significant population of asylum seekers. North Staffordshire has been specifically identified as a cluster area in the National Asylum Support Service’s dispersal policy.