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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


Is lone parent claimant rate
IS LONE PARENT 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 60/65s)

Sources: DWP, ONS


Claimant unemployment january 2008 january 2010
CLAIMANT UNEMPLOYMENT, 60/65s)January 2008- January 2010

Sources: DWP, ONS


Median hourly earnings 2008
MEDIAN HOURLY EARNINGS, 2008 60/65s)

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 60/65s)

(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 60/65s)(England = 100)

100

Source: ONS

82

73

Smaller seaside towns

Larger seaside towns

England


Housing
HOUSING 60/65s)

  • 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 60/65s)

(Average LSOA ranking)

Source: Indices of Deprivation


Deprivation general points
DEPRIVATION - GENERAL POINTS 60/65s)

  • 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? 60/65s)

  • 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? towns?

  • 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? towns?

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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