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The local context

South Gloucestershire stretches from the Severn Estuary in the west to the Cotswolds in the east. Its southern boundary borders Bristol and extends almost to Bath. It has a 0-19 population of around 63,300, about a quarter of the total population. The population is concentrated in the urban areas surrounding the north and east of the City of Bristol. It has been one of the fastest growing areas in the country and the 0-19 population is projected to increase steadily over the next 20 years to around 75,000. In general there is a low level of deprivation across South Gloucestershire. However, a higher percentage of families live by ‘moderate means’ than nationally and the recent downturn in the economy is likely to have adversely affected many low to moderate income families.