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.

There is no single definitive measure of child poverty.

The children in poverty report (PDF, 716.9 KB) looks at a several measures focussing on child poverty and deprivation. Data is presented for the Kent County Council area and provides national and regional comparisons where available.

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, 1.0 MB).

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