26 Sep 2019

Seaside town of Jaywick named Britain’s most deprived area for third time

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

It’s a seaside village that was built in the 1930s as a holiday resort for Londoners. But in recent years Jaywick in Essex has become notorious for its social problems.

It features in the latest government index of deprivation – published today – based on people’s income, employment status and education levels in England.

The index shows the most deprived English local authorities are often in coastal areas. These include towns such as Middlesborough and Hull in the North East and Blackpool in the North West. In fact Blackpool itself has eight of the ten poorest neighbourhoods.

Further south Jaywick near Clacton, which is home to around 5,000 people, was once again named as the most deprived individual neighbourhood in England.