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Seaside towns in 'breakdown'

Declining seaside towns around Britain have become "dumping grounds" for vulnerable people, a report warned today. Some towns are suffering "severe social breakdown", the Centre for Social Justice thinktank said.

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'Severe levels of social breakdown' in coastal towns

Christian Guy, the director of thinktank Centre for Social Justice, whose report highlighted poverty in seaside towns, said:

Living standards in some of the UK's best-known coastal towns have declined beyond recognition and locals are now bearing the brunt of severe levels of social breakdown.

We have found inspiring local people, services and charities working hard to turn things around, but they are struggling to do this alone.

Some of these areas have been left behind. We must ramp up efforts to revive Britain's coastal towns, not just for visitors but for the people who live there.

– Christian Guy, Centre for Social Justice

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