A new report published today says that high unemployment levels in the South's seaside towns are blighting the region's economy. The study published by the Sheffield Hallam University claims that the number of people out of work is higher than official figures suggest.
Researchers found that outside of London, 16 of the 21 districts with the highest unemployment in Southern England are located along the coast.
The new report, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), estimates that the real rate of unemployment in Hastings is more than 13 per cent; in Thanet more than 12 per cent, and in Southend 10 per cent.
Margate is one of twelve town centres across the country to be given cash to revitalise its high streets after being selected as a "Portas Pilot". The seaside town will receive a slice of £1.2 million and support from retail guru Mary Portas.
Ms Portas visited the town of Margate nine months ago to learn about problems facing retail outlets.