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ENGLAND\'S SMALLER SEASIDE TOWNS A ‘benchmarking\' study. Prof Steve Fothergill Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research Sheffield Hallam University. SCOPE OF SMALLER SEASIDES STUDY. Directly comparable to existing study of larger seaside towns

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england s smaller seaside towns a benchmarking study

ENGLAND\'S SMALLER SEASIDE TOWNS A ‘benchmarking\' study

Prof Steve Fothergill

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

Sheffield Hallam University

scope of smaller seasides study
SCOPE OF SMALLER SEASIDES STUDY
  • Directly comparable to existing study of larger seaside towns
  • Towns with between 10,000 and c.1,500 population
  • Seaside towns/resorts rather than all smaller places along the coast
  • Defined at LSOA level
  • Comparisons with rural averages
population 2007
POPULATION, 2007

Smaller seaside towns 170,000

(c.1,500 - 10,000 pop)

Larger seaside towns 2.9m

(more than 10,000 pop)

Source: ONS mid-year population estimates

population growth 2001 07
POPULATION GROWTH, 2001-07

Source: ONS mid-year population estimates

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

share of population aged 60 65 2007
SHARE OF POPULATION AGED 60/65+, 2007

Source: ONS mid-year population estimates

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

share of jobs in distribution hotels restaurants 2007
SHARE OF JOBS IN DISTRIBUTION, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, 2007

Source: ABI

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

employment rate 2007
EMPLOYMENT RATE, 2007

(% of working age)

Sources: Census, LFS, ONS

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

smaller seaside towns workforce
SMALLER SEASIDE TOWNS - WORKFORCE
  • Occupational structure (managers, skilled etc) of residents not very different from larger seaside towns or England
  • Skill levels (Levels 0-5) not very different either
  • Share achieving 5 A-Cs at GCSE fairly average
  • But compared to rural averages, smaller seaside towns look disadvantaged
working age benefit claimant rate november 2008 of working age
WORKING AGE BENEFIT CLAIMANT RATE, November 2008 (% of working age)

Sources: DWP, ONS

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

claimant rate in smaller seaside towns november 2008 of working age
CLAIMANT RATE IN SMALLER SEASIDE TOWNS, November 2008 (% of working age)

Sources: DWP, ONS

8.7%

2.9%

1.6%

Jobseeker\'s Allowance

Income Support for lone parents

Incapacity benefits

jsa claimant rate
JSA Claimant Rate

Sources: DWP, ONS

ib sda claimant rate
IB/SDA claimant rate

Sources: DWP, ONS

pension credits claimant rate november 2008 of over 60 65s
PENSION CREDITS claimant rate, November 2008 (% of over 60/65s)

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

Sources: DWP, ONS

seasonal unemployment
SEASONAL UNEMPLOYMENT

Sources: DWP, ONS

median hourly earnings 2008
MEDIAN HOURLY EARNINGS, 2008

Men

Women

Rural

areas

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

Larger seaside towns

England

England

Smaller seaside towns

Smaller seaside towns

business stock 2007
BUSINESS STOCK, 2007

(VAT registered businesses per 10,000 residents)

Figures refer to districts in which seaside towns are located

Source: DBIS

Rural

areas

Larger seaside towns

England

Smaller seaside towns

gva per head in local nuts 3 region 2006 england 100
GVA PER HEAD IN LOCAL NUTS 3 REGION, 2006 (England = 100)

100

Source: ONS

82

73

Smaller seaside towns

Larger seaside towns

England

housing
HOUSING
  • Smaller seaside towns have
    • Above national average share of owner-occupiers
    • Low share in social rented
    • High share in private rented
  • Share of households in overcrowded conditions is low – but not as low as rural average
  • Households lacking basic amenities is low - except in Devon and Cornwall

Source: Census of Population

overall deprivation 2007
OVERALL DEPRIVATION, 2007

(Average LSOA ranking)

Source: Indices of Deprivation

deprivation general points
DEPRIVATION - GENERAL POINTS
  • 22 of the 37 smaller seaside towns have overall deprivation worse than England average
  • Seaside deprivation most marked on income, employment, and education and skills domains
  • Little problem on crime domain in particular
  • Lincolnshire trio (Mablethorpe, Chapel St Leonards, Sutton on Sea) emerge as especially disadvantaged
assessment 1 how disadvantaged
ASSESSMENT (1): How disadvantaged?
  • On average, England\'s smaller seaside towns are rather more disadvantaged that the rest of the country, but not markedly so
assessment 2 how do they differ from larger seaside towns
ASSESSMENT (2): How do they differ from larger seaside towns?
  • On average, not quite as disadvantaged as larger seaside towns
  • But several important points of difference
    • Markedly older population
    • More dependent on seaside tourism
    • Located in weaker local economies
assessment 3 how do they compare with other rural areas
ASSESSMENT (3): How do they compare with other rural areas?
  • On average, on a wide range of indicators, smaller seaside towns are markedly more disadvantaged than average for rural areas
  • Is this the absence of affluent long-distance commuters?
assessment 4 which are the worst
ASSESSMENT (4): Which are the worst?

On the three \'economic\' domains within the Indices of Deprivation

Chapel St Leonards Mablethorpe

Cromer Sutton on Sea

Dymchurch / St Mary\'s Bay Watchet

Filey Withernsea

Hunstanton

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