Jaywick is a small seaside village near Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex on the North Sea coast of England. It was originally intended as a holiday resort for Londoners. Many of the houses were poorly constructed and were only intended for short-term holiday use. As time has passed, more and more people moved into the area and stayed. Many of the holiday homes are now permanent residences and in a state of disrepair. According to the Indices of deprivation 2010 part of the village is the most deprived area in England. The village also became to attention in the media with deprivation in early 2013, yet again being branded as the most deprived in the country.
The village of Jaywick was planned by Frank Stedman as a cheap holiday retreat for Londoners in the 1930s. Many of the original houses became permanent residences, and the population now includes large numbers of retired and working people. A 2009 report found that four out of Eastern England's ten cheapest streets in which to buy property are in Jaywick, with property on Tamarisk Way selling for an average of £44,050. In March 2011 East Jaywick was named as the most deprived area in England according to the Indices of deprivation 2010, based on several factors including poverty, crime, education and skill levels, unemployment and housing, as assessed in 2008. In 2012 it was labelled the UK's youth unemployment hotspot.