Those living in the UK’s former industrial areas still pay the price for the decline of manufacturing. Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill unveil new research on the impact on welfare, public finance and communities The job loss in older industrial Britain, mostly now a generation ago, still has a big and clearly identifiable impact on present day benefit claimant rates and public spending. That is the conclusion we reach in a new open access article in the online journal Regional Studies, Regional Science. The evidence trail starts with the distinctive geography of industrial job loss. Although manufacturing and mining employment fell just about everywhere in the UK, the biggest job losses were in parts of northern England, the Midlands, south Wales and the west of Scotland. London and its vast hinterland, and many rural areas, were less affected. In the hard-hit places the number of claimant unemployed soared initially but … (To read the full article, subscribe below)