“The UK’s coastal communities are among the country’s worst off for earnings, employment, health and education, a report for the BBC has found.
The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown.
Average wages are £3,600 a year lower in these “pockets of deprivation”, according to the think tank.
Meanwhile, the minister for coastal communities has announced £40m in funding to help coastal areas.
The report, produced for BBC Breakfast, found that five of the 10 local authorities in the UK with the highest unemployment rate for the three months to March 2017 were coastal. These were Hartlepool, North Ayrshire, Torridge, Hastings, South Tyneside and Sunderland. It also found those in employment in coastal areas were likely to be paid less. Of the 98 local authorities on the coast, 85% had pay levels below the UK’s average in 2016.
… The report found the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal areas has widened from 23% to 26% from 1997 to 2015.”