Seaside towns are among the poorest in the UK, and formulaic attempts to regenerate them are not working. Jamie Hailstone spoke to practitioners who are taking an alternative approach When people think of seaside resorts, they tend to think of fish and chips, ice creams and amusement arcades. But as a recent report by the Social Market Foundation revealed, Britain’s coastal communities are also struggling with low wages, economic growth and education. The report showed five of the 10 local authorities in the UK with the highest unemployment rate for the three months to March 2017 were coastal. And of the 98 local authorities on the coast, 85% had pay levels below the UK’s average in 2016. The report was published on the same day that the government announced a £40m funding package to help coastal communities, but whether the additional money will help address some of the long-term issues … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter - NewStart