Poverty in the region

Poverty in the region

The exact origins of the Black Country name are disputed but it might have earned its name from its history as the original home of British heavy industry, coal mines and the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges that were established in the area.

This proud industrial heritage continues to this day, with the Black Country delivering 15% of England’s high value manufacturing.


Communities with talents persevering through tough times

The area has many assets, including a friendly and welcoming population, astrong local culture and identity, an ethnically diverse population, a skilled workforce and some excellent church, faith and charity projects making a huge positive impact on their communities. 

Like many urban areas in the UK, the Black Country also has high levels of inequality due to poverty.

Parts of Wolverhampton have the highest levels of child poverty in Lichfield Diocese (49%), with Walsall having the highest levels of pensioner poverty in Lichfield Diocese (36%).

A full report on poverty within Lichfield Diocese can be downloaded here.


Black Country Stats

  • The Black Country covers the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
  • Walsall, Wolverhampton and half of Sandwell fall within the Diocese of Lichfield.
  • Dudley is part of the Diocese of Worcester.
  • The Black Country is situated at the heart of the country.
  • It has a population of over 1.1 million.
  • The Black Country industry employs 66,000 people and generates £2.6billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) for the UK economy.