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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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Thinktank calls for action to revive seaside towns

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.

A view of Dreamland in Margate, Kent, which was one of the towns highlighted in the report. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

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.

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