Deprivation and poverty

Data about deprivation and poverty in Kent.

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A national index of deprivation, known as the Indices of Deprivation, is published by Central Government to help local authorities identify the most disadvantaged areas so that resources and funding are allocated appropriately. The latest index is the Indices of Deprivation 2015 (ID2015).

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will publish an update to the 2015 English Indices of deprivation in the summer of 2019.

We use the child poverty measure as set out by the Child Poverty Act 2010 to measure the number of children living in poverty. Figures for the Kent County Council area and the local authority districts compared with the South East and England as a whole are presented in Children in poverty (PDF, 619.7 KB).

Kent County Council's approach to tackling family poverty is informed by a research assessment (2012). The analysis of national data sets is available in the Supporting Evidence report (PDF, 1.8 MB) and the summary of these and additional research sources are presented in the Research Analysis report (PDF, 567.1 KB).

The term 'homelessness' is often considered to apply only to people 'sleeping rough'. However, this term also applies to people who are at risk of becoming homeless. Each local authority has an obligation to provide advice and assistance to those people. You can read more information in our Homelessness bulletin (PDF, 770.6 KB).

Economy and employment shows unemployment statistics for Kent and the number of Kent residents claiming Government benefits.