Three East London boroughs have seen the biggest decreases of deprivation in the UK over the past five years.
According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney saw the biggest fall in the proportion of its wards living in multiple deprivation, suggesting a richer future for their residents.
The report concluded: “The 20 most deprived local authorities are largely the same as found for the 2010 Index, but the London Boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Haringey have become relatively less deprived and no longer feature in this list.”
Deprivation here is measured by what proportion of a local authority’s wards fall into the most deprived 10% of wards in the country.
Both Newham and Hackney councils had a drop of more than 20% in the proportion of wards in relative deprivation – more than anywhere else in the country.
Tower Hamlets, which had been ranked third most deprived in the country in 2004 and 2007, took seventh place in 2010. It is now ranked 24th according to the 2015 index, with a drop of more than 15% in its number of deprived wards.
The report focuses on “multiple deprivation”, which calculates quality of life for residents based on income, employment, education, health, crime, access to housing services and living environment.
Tower Hamlets is still not out of the woods, as it was listed as the most deprived district with regard to income deprivation among both children and older people.