Michael has welcomed figures showing that deprivation in the Sevenoaks constituency remains far lower than elsewhere in England.
Recent figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and analysed by the House of Commons Library show that the constituency was placed 462 out of 533 English constituencies (with 1 being most deprived and 533 being least deprived) on the overall Index of Multiple Deprivation.
The constituency received a particularly impressive ranking on the ‘Health Deprivation and Disability’ domain, where it placed 510 out of 533.
Sevenoaks was also one of a minority of constituencies with no local areas described as ‘highly deprived’.
Michael said: “The Government’s efforts to tackle the root causes of deprivation are helping to keep it low in my constituency. It is particularly welcome that nowhere in the constituency is highly deprived. The dramatic fall in unemployment and our welfare reforms are making a difference.”