Hastings has been ranked as the 13th most deprived area of England, according to government data.
The Indices of Deprivation, which are published every five years, show the town falls in the same rank as Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
In 2010 Hastings was the 20th most deprived town in the country.
According to the data, Middlesbrough came at the top of the list as the most deprived in England.
The statistics rank deprivation both at neighbourhood level and local authority level.
Hastings ranks 13th most deprived at local authority level but under neighbourhood level features as one of the least deprived 10 per cent.
The data is based of seven different indicators of deprivation, namely income, employment, education, skills and training, health and disability, crime, barriers to housing and services and living environment deprivation.
Paul Mann, who leads King’s Church Hastings, said: “It’s sad to hear the town we love is so high in the deprivation rankings. It shows how important it is that the whole community pulls together to help those who are facing the challenges of deprivation. We care deeply about this town.
“That’s why churches are so involved in making a difference, providing support for those in need through Hastings Foodbank, Snowflake, Hope Kitchen, CAP Debt Centre, to name just a few of the dozens of projects churches across the town are running.
“The reality of deprivation levels in the town makes us all the more determined to play whatever part we can in improving the lives of local people.”
Council leader, Peter Chowney, said: “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.
“However, 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.”
To view the report go to Indices of Deprivation 2015
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