Money to help moors and coast

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It was also re­vealed last week that the Gov­ern­ment’s Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, set up to help in gen­er­ate jobs and im­prove busi­nesses prospects in sea­side towns, is now pump­ing an­other £257,000 into the North York Moors Na­tional Park as part of its two-year “moor to sea” pro­gramme.

The De­part­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment has said that the fund has cre­ated more than 3,000 jobs na­tion­ally, 6,800 ap­pren­tice­ship places and safe­guarded 864 roles. How­ever, more will need to be done if the coastal dis­par­ity is not to grow.

report’s au­thor, So­cial Mar­ket Foun­da­tion chief econ­o­mist Scott Corfe, said: “The economies of many coastal towns have per­formed poorly rel­a­tive to the rest of the coun­try, with a lack of well-paid job op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in these ar­eas.

“Many coastal com­mu­ni­ties are poorly con­nected to ma­jor em­ploy­ment cen­tres in the UK, which com­pounds the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by res­i­dents in these ar­eas.

“Not only do they lack lo­cal job op­por­tu­ni­ties, but trav­el­ling else­where for work is also rel­a­tively dif­fi­cult.

“De­spite the ev­i­dent so­cial and eco­nomic prob­lems which these places face, there is cur­rently no of­fi­cial def­i­ni­tion of a coastal com­mu­nity’.

The Gov­ern­ment needs to do more to track – and ad­dress – eco­nomic prob­lems in our coastal towns.

“Par­tic­u­larly in the South East, some coastal com­mu­ni­ties are pock­ets of sig­nif­i­cant de­pri­va­tion sur­rounded by af­flu­ence – mean­ing their prob­lems are of­ten over­looked by pol­i­cy­mak­ers.”

• What do you think needs to be done to stop Scar­bor­ough fall­ing fur­ther be­hind other com­mu­ni­ties in the UK?

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