The first Hidden Needs report to Suffolk Community Foundation published in 2011 challenged assumptions which stereotyped Suffolk as a prosperous rural county. It showed that while many households in the county enjoy advantageous circumstances compared with those elsewhere in England, others face significant disadvantage and unmet need.
Five years on, they have commissioned the University of Suffolk to revisit the original Hidden Needs report. The new report incorporates data from the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation, the 2011 Census and a range of other data, including information from the new Social Mobility Index published in 2016. At a time of real challenge for many in our community, the report offers a timely, accessible, evidence-based picture of need and deprivation in the county to help us all improve the lives of Suffolk residents.
The report includes interactive maps and can be found online here.