Falling off a cliff?


This report from the UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at economic and social decline by the coast.

The Social Market Foundation’s 2017 report ‘Living on the Edge’ highlighted the significant economic and social challenges facing Britain’s coastal communities. Low pay, lacklustre economic growth, bad health and poor educational outcomes were found to be issues dogging many seaside communities. Building on ‘Living on the Edge’, this SMF briefing note provides an update on the state of Britain’s coastal communities. Worryingly, it shows that the economic gap between coastal communities and the rest of the country has widened even more since our 2017 report. Further, new analysis in this briefing note shows a growing life expectancy gap between coastal communities and the rest of the country as heath inequalities take their toll. Data analysed in this report relate to local authorities in Great Britain. “Coastal communities” refers to local authorities which border the coast.

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