Deprivation and poverty
Indices of Deprivation
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 2010 (ID2010). This was published by
Communities and Local Government (CLG) on 24 March 2011.
The DCLG are preparing an update of the index of
deprivation. This will include a review of existing
deprivation indicators and methodology which takes in to account
potential new data sources. This will begin in 2014 and will
take take time so the updated index of deprivation is not
expected for release until 2015.
Households in poverty
A new dataset has been published by the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) that estimates the proportion of households in
poverty. The measure of poverty that has been used is the
proportion of households whose mean weekly income, after housing
costs, is below 60% of the England and Wales average. Data
comparing Kent levels of poverty alongside the national average are
presented in the bulletin
Households in Poverty (PDF, 326k). An
interactive mapping tool allowing you to view the proportion of
households in poverty with the ability to zoom in and out of areas
across England is available from the ONS
household poverty interactive map.
Statistics are also available on the number of households in fuel
poverty. A household is said to be "fuel poor" if it spends
more than 10% of its income on fuel costs. The 2009 and
2008 data for England, the South East and Kent are
Fuel poverty in Kent 2009 (PDF, 406k).
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, 2Mb) and the summary
of these and additional research sources are presented
Research Analysis report (PDF, 475k).
Using the child poverty measure as set out by the Child
Poverty Act 2010, we are able to look at the number of
children living in poverty. Figures for the Kent County Council
area and the local authority districts as at August 2011
compared with the South East and England as a whole are presented
Children in poverty - 2011, (PDF, 272k).
The term "homelessness" is often considered to apply only to
people "sleeping rough". However this term also applies to those
households who, for various reasons, are at risk of becoming
homeless. Each local authority has a statutory obligation to
provide advice and assistance to those households.
For more information see our homelessness summaries on our housing pages.
Unemployment and benefits
From this section you can access the latest
unemployment statistics for Kent and
the number of Kent residents claiming
Kent County Council
Kent ME14 1XQ
Monday to Friday
8am - 6pm
Emergency calls are taken 24 hours a day
03000 41 41 41
18001 03000 41 41 41
Report a broken link on our website by emailing digital.services