South East

  • South East oil projects go ahead and the Chiltern Hills the least deprived area of England September, 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published its deprivation index which looks at an area’s levels of income, employment, education, health and crime as well as housing services and living environment. Jaywick in Essex, near Clacton-on-Sea, was previously found to be the most deprived in the last two reports in 2010 and 2015 and it has won this unwelcome accolade again. Jaywick is followed by nine areas of the North West as the most deprived in England, Sheerness is the first South East entry ranked 48th. The Ministry divides England up into 32,844 neighbourhoods averaging about 1,500 residents or 650 households each. In terms of local authorities, 30% of Hastings was classified as deprived which ranked the town 17th worst in the UK. In Gravesham, deprivation fell by c6%, the eighth fastest fall in the UK, and was the regional star performer. The least deprived area of England is an area near Great Missenden in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire. The MHCLG found concentrations of deprivation in a number of coastal towns, some of which are in the South East, and there was new money for the region in the latest tranche from the Coastal Communities Fund, with Dover a...