Deprived neighbourhoods in two thirds of English districts

Nearly two thirds of council districts in England contain at least one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country, according to official statistics.

Newly published research from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reveals that deprivation is dispersed across England, with 61% of local authority districts containing at least one area, which is among the most deprived in the country.

The English Indices of Deprivation 2019 report shows Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Knowsley, Kingston Upon Hull and Manchester are the local authorities with the highest proportions of neighbourhoods among the most deprived.

And Middlesbrough and Blackpool are the most deprived districts in terms of income deprivation among children.

The study uses a variety of measures to determine whether a neighbourhood is deprived, including income, employment and barriers to housing and local services.

The last time the government published an official indice of deprivation for England was in 2015.

According to the survey, the most deprived neighbourhood in England is the east of the Jaywick area of Clacton on Sea, which is in the district of Tendring.

This area was also ranked as the most deprived area in the 2015 study.

Neighbourhoods in Blackpool then account for eight of the ten most deprived neighbourhoods nationally, with the Anfield area in the centre of Liverpool making up the 10 most deprived areas in England.

There are five neighbourhoods which have been ranked among the most deprived on each index update since records began in 2004.

Two of these are located in Liverpool, one in Wirral, Rochdale and Middlesbrough.

Although the report also shows that many London Boroughs have seen a reduction in the proportions of their neighbourhoods that are highly deprived from 2015.

In Tower Hamlets, the proportion of neighbourhoods that are highly deprived fell by 22% and in Westminster they fell by 12%.

Areas such as Walsall, Wirral, South Tyneside and Redcar and Cleveland have become relatively more deprived compared to 2015, according to the report.

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