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Christian Guy, the director of thinktank Centre for Social Justice, whose report highlighted poverty in seaside towns, said:
Out of 20 neighbourhoods across the UK with the highest levels of out-of-work benefits, seven are in coastal towns that once attracted millions of tourists, a report said.
The Centre for Social Justice thinktank called for action to revive the fortunes of seaside towns like Rhyl in North Wales, Margate in Kent, Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Blackpool in Lancashire.
In one area of Rhyl, two-thirds of working-age people are dependent on out-of-work benefits, while 41% of adults in Clacton have no qualifications, according to the report entitled Turning the Tide.
Out of the 10 wards with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in England and Wales, four are in seaside towns, with the highest rate in Great Yarmouth, the study showed.
Blackpool local authority has the highest rate of children in care in the whole of England - 150 per 10,000 population - far exceeding the English average of 59.
British seaside towns have become "dumping grounds" for those on low incomes, welfare claimants and vulnerable people, a report warned today.
Former hotels have been converted into cheap flats in once-thriving beach resorts and are used by councils in wealthier areas as a low-cost option for placing vulnerable people, like children in care, the Centre for Social Justice thinktank said.
Britain is spending almost £2 billion a year on welfare payments to people of working age in seaside towns, the report found.
Seaside towns are suffering "severe social breakdown" as holiday-makers are deserting the UK in favour of overseas breaks.
The level of school failure, teenage pregnancy, lone parenting and worklessness in these towns rival inner-city areas which have previously been seen as the benchmark for deprivation.
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British seaside towns have become "dumping grounds" for those on low incomes, welfare claimants and vulnerable people, a report has warned.