Benchill is a district of the city of Manchester
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 2010 mid-year population estimate for Manchester was 498,800. Manchester lies within one of the UK's largest metropolitan areas, the metropolitan county of Greater...

, England
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, part of the massive Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe is a district in the south of the city of Manchester, England.Formerly part of the administrative county of Cheshire, in 1931 Wythenshawe was transferred to the City of Manchester, which had begun building a massive housing estate there in the 1920s to resolve the problem of its inner...

 council estate, approximately eight miles (c. 12 km) south of Manchester City Centre
Manchester City Centre
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In 2000, Benchill was named in the Index of Multiple Deprivation
The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000 showed relative levels of social and economic deprivation across all the counties of England at a ward level, the first national study of its kind....

 as the most deprived ward
Wards of the United Kingdom
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 out of 8414 in England (the Index is a governmental measure of local employment, income, health, education, housing, child poverty, and availability of local services). Since the release of the index, several schemes have been set up to assist the residents of Benchill.

Following a review by the Boundary Committee for England
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The Boundary Committee for England was a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission, an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. The Committee’s aim was to conduct thorough, consultative and robust reviews of local government areas in England, and for its recommendations to be...

, Benchill was disestablished as a local government ward
Wards of the United Kingdom
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 in 2003, and the area was divided between the neighbouring wards of Sharston
Sharston is an area within the Wythenshawe district of South Manchester, in the North West of England. The area was initially mostly industrial, with the Sharston Industrial Estate taking up a large part of the area which contains a post office , a dairy, and a Bisto factory, and various other...

, Woodhouse Park
Woodhouse Park
Woodhouse Park is a locality in the south of the area of Wythenshawe, in the city of Manchester in North West England.The area incorporates Wythenshawe town centre and borders onto Newall Green but is separated by the M56 motorway from which it is served by Junctions 4 and 5...

, and Northenden
Northenden is a suburban area and electoral ward of the city of Manchester in North West England. It lies on the south side of both the River Mersey and the M60 motorway, west of Stockport and south of Manchester city centre. Northenden is bounded by the districts of Didsbury, Gatley and...


The area also gained national media attention in February 2007 when Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
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 leader David Cameron
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 visited the estate, only to be targeted by a group of youths, one of whom made a gun gesture with his hand towards him that was caught on film.

Benchill is policed by the Wythenshawe Neighbourhood Policing Team (based at Wythenshawe Police Station on Poundswick Lane), part of the South Manchester Division of Greater Manchester Police
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