Seaside town named England's most deprived place for third time

Jaywick has topped the list for a third time

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The seaside village of Jaywick has been named as the most deprived neighbourhood in England for a third time.

The Essex village again topped a government list that measures deprivation in 32,844 small areas or neighbourhoods across the country; it previously topped the list in 2010 and 2015.

Jaywick - which has a population of around 5,000 - received international coverage last year after it was used in a US election campaign advert, which warned of how America could look if voters did not back Donald Trump.

It showed the flood-prone area's unpaved roads and dilapidated homes, and featured the slogan: “Help President Trump keep America on track and thriving.”

Data from income, employment, education, health, crime, barriers to housing and living environment are all used to measure levels of deprivation.

Photos of the village were once used in a pro-Trump election campaign

Eight out of 10 of the most deprived areas were in the seaside resort of Blackpool, according to the list compiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

And Middlesbrough was revealed to have the largest share of deprived neighbourhoods.

All of the local authorities with the highest proportion of deprived neighbourhoods are in the north - Middlesbrough, Knowsley, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester - and remain unchanged from 2015.

A number of London boroughs have seen decreases in the proportion of their neighbourhoods that are highly deprived, according to the authors, particularly in Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

The Indices of Deprivation are typically updated every three to four years.

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