Published: 17th Oct 2019

Former mining communities in the north are still ‘scarred’ by the legacy of pit closures, according to a new report. Commissioned by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust compiled by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, the report explores the effects of pit closures, a generation on, and paints a picture of communities blighted by unemployment and poverty. According to the report, 42% of residents in coalfields live in the most deprived 30% in the UK, which is a figure that’s barely moved in five years. The UK’s former coalfields have a combined population of 5.7 million, which is roughly the same as a typical English region and more than the whole of either Scotland or Wales. The report says that for the employment rate to reach parity with south-east England it would require 170,000 additional coalfield residents to be in work. While the number of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)