A UNITED Nations representative will visit Jaywick as part of an investigation into poverty in Britain.

Delegates from the UN, more commonly associated with war zones and famine stricken countries, will visit the coastal village, twice ranked the most deprived area in the country, after launching a probe into poverty and human rights.

The UN announced the investigation earlier this year, with special rapporteur Philip Alston set to examine the effects of austerity measures on the population.

Mr Alston will meet Jaywick residents at a special event organised by the Clacton and Essex branches of Unite.

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Charlie Nimmo, Unite spokesman, said: “Jaywick is classed as one of the most deprived areas in the country and we are glad the UN are here to expose the plight of this deprived community where there are extreme levels of poverty, unemployment and social exclusion.

“Unite has been campaigning to support the Jaywick community and especially to stop the Universal Credit benefits system.

“This has been discredited by politicians and social policy experts across the board, because it is unfair, unworkable and is making matters worse for those struggling in hardship.”

Paul Honeywood, Tendring councillor with special responsibility for Jaywick, said Jaywick residents would be “outraged” at the use of the old picture.

The village was the most deprived neighbourhood in England in 2010 and 2015, according to the Government’s deprivation index.

But since then Essex County Council has completed a £6.5 million programme to improve the roads and drainage.

Mr Alston is carrying out the first visit to a western European country by the UN’s rapporteur office since a trip to Ireland in 2011.

His recent inquiries into extreme poverty have taken him to the US, China, Saudi Arabia and Ghana.

He said: “The UK has gone through a period of pretty deep budget cuts first under the coalition and then the Conservatives and I am interested to see what the outcome of that has been.”

Representatives from the UN are keen to hear from people living in the Jaywick area at next week’s event.

It is being hosted at the Jaywick Resource Centre on Sunday. Presentations from speakers will begin at 3.30pm, with the floor opened to contributions from guests at 4.30pm.

Hot drinks and biscuits will be served from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.