Jaywick named as England’s most deprived town
March 29 2011
Jaywick’s unwanted accolade was bestowed upon it by the catchily titled Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2010, a government report which calibrated statistics relating to income, employment, health, disability, crime and living standards.
This found that deprivation in the towns Brooklands estate was such that it eclipsed any town in the north.
Located in a high risk flood zone the estate boasts ranks of ‘seasonal’ chalets built in the 1920’s which are now lived in all year round. Four fifths of these are privately rented with ownership concentrated in the hands of a couple of landlords who market the two bedroom homes to housing benefit claimants at £450 a month.
Years of neglect have seen 62% of all working age residents of the dilapidated huts receive benefits on an estate which lacks tarmac roads - and even street lighting and pavements in places.
Neil Stock, Consservative leader of the local council, said the ranking was “embarrassing,” adding: “It is depressing being number one, because we do take this issue very seriously. It's a problem beyond the scope of a district council. We need national and European intervention.”
Images taken by Samuel Judge
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