According to government data, Hastings has been ranked as the 13th most deprived area of England.
The Indices of Deprivation, which are published every five years, show the town has fallen in the same rank as Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Back in 2010 Hastings was the 20th most deprived town in the country, these statistics are ranked by deprivation at both neighbourhood level and local authority level. Within this years ranking Hastings neighbourhood level features as one of the least deprived 10 per cent. The data obtained is based on seven distinctive indicators of deprivation, specifically income, employment, education, skills and training, health and disability, crime, barriers to housing and services and living environment deprivation.
Council leader, Peter Chowney said, “There are other ways of analysing the data which give different results. Superficially, it looks like some areas of Hastings have got significantly less deprived, but others haven’t. But we need to do a lot more analysis of the data before we can draw any conclusions. Overall, Hastings has become slightly less deprived, with the ‘extent of deprivation’ showing that Hastings has moved from 24th to 30th position according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 and the 2010 index”. Despite this according to the Times, Hastings has been named as one of the top 10 ‘coolest’ towns. To view the reports go to Indices of Deprivation 2015 and http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local/hastings-named-as-one-of-top-10-coolest-towns-1-6880284