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Monday, 5th August 2013

UK: Turning the Tide: Social Justice in Five Seaside Towns

Source: Centre for Social Justice (UK)

From the Introduction:

Cities have come to embody how we view modern deprivation and poverty.Yet some of the most pronounced disadvantage in our country exists away from the big cities.This short study of five seaside towns – Rhyl, Margate, Clacton-on-Sea, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth – offers a glimpse of how social breakdown has affected some smaller communities, asks what factors continue to hold them back, and considers what more can be done to help them move on...

Although each town has its own particular issues, some common themes emerge. Most obviously, many seaside towns’ economies were badly affected by the advent of cheaper foreign travel in the 1970s that decreased demand for traditional ‘bucket and spade’ holidays. Towns that had grown since the late nineteenth century found themselves losing their economic purpose...

Economies that already had the disadvantage of being highly seasonal were hit by a permanent loss of business and jobs that deprived local people, particularly young local people, of entry- level employment. These disadvantages have persisted. Benchmarking studies from 2008 and 2010 showed that both larger and smaller seaside towns are, on average, more disadvantaged than England as a whole when judged against a range of criteria.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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