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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


England s smaller seaside towns

ENGLAND'S SMALLER SEASIDE TOWNS


Population 2007

POPULATION, 2007

Smaller seaside towns170,000

(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


Employment change 2003 07

EMPLOYMENT CHANGE, 2003-07

Source: ABI


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


Working age benefit claimant rate november 2008

WORKING AGE BENEFIT CLAIMANT RATE, November 2008

Source: DWP, ONS


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

Sources: DWP, ONS


Claimant unemployment january 2008 january 2010

CLAIMANT UNEMPLOYMENT, January 2008- January 2010

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 LeonardsMablethorpe

CromerSutton on Sea

Dymchurch / St Mary's BayWatchet

FileyWithernsea

Hunstanton


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