Focus on earnings and income

Official statistics suggest that resident wage levels in the borough are lower than regional and national averages and are not keeping pace with increases seen in these wider areas. Hence the gap between resident earnings in the borough and regional and national figures is widening. Workplace earnings for the borough have shown a consistent trend of being higher than resident earnings. This could be a reflection of the boroughs’ status as a key employment hub in the Pennine Lancashire area, as it sees a net inflow of commuters into the borough.