Nearly 20 neighbourhoods in Cornwall are among the 10 percent most deprived in England, according to latest figures.
The most recent Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks the county as the second poorest region in the whole of northern Europe.
The index is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas or neighbourhoods in England.
Seventeen neighbourhoods in Cornwall are now among the 10% most deprived in the country, up from eight in 2010.
Questions about what constitutes deprivation and what are the main causes will always be matters for debate and discussion.
What impact has austerity had on deprivation? Has the input of funds from the EU and Westminster had an impact on deprivation?
What has not been discussed is whether we can ever resolve problems such as deprivation while we continue to play catch up as the population continually expands?