The worst place to be a girl in the UK has been revealed
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A landmark new report has ranked the best and worst places to be a girl in England and Wales – and shows a major regional disparity with seven of the top 10 in the South of England and eight of the worst places in the North. The study, which was conducted by Plan UK and looked at factors including child poverty, educational attainment and teenage pregnancy rates, is the first of its kind to assess the experiences of girls across every local authority in the two countries. Waverley in Surrey made the top of the list, followed by Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, and Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell, both in Surrey. In the bottom five just above Middlesbrough are Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Liverpool. It wasn’t just a North/South divide revealed. Inner city areas performed worst and the rural South-East performed the best. Authors behind the report stressed that girls across the UK are being “failed” and urged the Government to take “urgent action”. Lucy Russell, UK girls’ rights campaigner for Plan and co-author of the report, told the Press Association: “Our overall conclusion is the UK is failing girls and what needs to happen is urgent action to address this.
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