Hastings MP Amber Rudd has said there has been ‘tremendous growth’ in employment in Hastings, despite government figures appearing to show the town becoming more deprived over the past five years.
The Indices of Deprivation, which are published every five years, list Hastings as the 13th most deprived, a rank it shares with Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2010, Hastings appeared 20th.
The statistics rank deprivation both at neighbourhood level and local authority level.
Hastings ranks 13th most deprived at local authority level.
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.
Ms Rudd said: “Unemployment in Hastings and Rye has fallen again this month with a 20 per cent decrease over the last year.
“The recent ranking of local authorities does not reflect this tremendous growth of employment in our area. The statistics used are largely based on data from a few years ago. I am confident any more recent assessment will demonstrate a much more positive outcome for our area.”
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