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England's most deprived areas : Blackpool and Jaywick named as worst.



Eight of the 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in England are in Blackpool, according to new statistics.

Seaside village Jaywick, in Essex, has been named the most deprived area overall for the third time in a row since 2010.

Blackpool took the next eight slots while Middlesbrough had the largest share of the most deprived areas.

Government officials ranked 32,844 neighbourhoods.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) looked at levels of income, employment, education, health and crime as well as housing services and living environment.

Jaywick in Essex, near Clacton-on-Sea, was previously found to be the most deprived in 2010 and 2015, according to indices from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The village, partly made up of a former holiday park, has been visited by the UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty during a fact-finding mission to the UK.

Among the top 10 individual neighbourhoods for deprivation, Blackpool had eight of them.

They include people living on estates just behind its Promenade.

The tenth most deprived neighbourhood was Anfield in Liverpool.

All of the local authorities with the highest proportion of deprived neighbourhoods are in the north - Middlesbrough, Knowsley, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.

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n an accompanying report MHCLG said the study revealed "concentrations of deprivation in large urban conurbations, areas that have historically had large heavy industry manufacturing and/or mining sectors (such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Hartlepool), coastal towns (such as Blackpool or Hastings), and parts of east London".

"There are also pockets of deprivation surrounded by less deprived places in every region of England," it said.

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Yorkshire hosts some of England's most deprived neighbourhoods.

Middlesbrough and Hull were in the top five places in England with the most deprived neighbourhoods, government statistics showed.



While Hull had improved since 2015, dropping from third to fourth place, Middlesbrough remained at number one.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said tackling deprivation was a priority for the council. “It’s obviously disappointing to be where we are, but it’s pretty much what we expected,” he said.

“The challenges we face are really big and difficult to overcome, but we have big plans that will deliver real progress.

“Within the next three weeks we will be announcing game-changing developments that will help to deliver the economic growth that has been missing for decades.”

Lack of well-paid jobs, not enough affordable housing and poor transport links all contributed to deprivation in Yorkshire, Mike Hawking, policy and partnerships manager at the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said.


“It is totally unacceptable that large portions of our country are being locked out of opportunity and prosperity by our economy.”

“We know from speaking to people in towns and cities across Yorkshire and the North of England that they are tired of being overlooked and do not feel they are receiving the investment they need to thrive.”

The most deprived area in Yorkshire was an estate between Marfleet and Southcoates in Hull.

The second-most deprived area was Beeston Hill in Leeds, followed by Myton in Hull.

Mr Hawking added: “The lack of well-paid jobs, affordable housing and access to reliable transport links are holding people back from achieving their full potential.

“Tackling the fundamental injustice of regional inequalities in our society must be a top priority for the Government. Voters on low incomes are frustrated at the consistent failure of all political parties to take decisive action to address this issue. Ministers must urgently bring forward a bold plan of regional investment through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and target funding to provide the jobs and skills that people need to succeed.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “We are now seeing more jobs and an increasing number of people in employment in Hull, as reflected by the city’s improvement in both the income and employment rankings in the Indices of Deprivation 2019.

“The latest figures do suggest that Hull has moved down the rankings under the health and disability and living environment domains. However, it is important to remember that these are relative rankings, which means these areas have not necessarily got worse since 2015.

“In fact, we know that hard work is already leading to considerable improvements in areas covered by these domains.

“The fact that almost three quarters of the data used to calculate the rankings is more than four years old means that these improvements might not be actively reflected in the index.”

On the other end of the scale, part of North Yorkshire was the second-least deprived place, out of more than 35,000 areas in England. The area of Harrogate encircling Weeton, Kirkby Overblow, Spofforth and Sicklinghall is also part of the area that is known colloquially as the Golden Triangle.

Outside of Yorkshire, some eight neighbourhoods across the seaside resort of Blackpool account for the rest of the top 10 most deprived nationally, alongside an area of the Anfield district of Liverpool.

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The most deprived place in England was the flood-prone coastal town of Jaywick, also known as Jaywick Sands which, has a population of around 5,000.

The area was ranked as the most deprived neighbourhood in deprivation indices in both 2010 and 2015.

A bleak picture of the area, showing unpaved roads and dilapidated homes, was used by US politician to warn voters about the consequences of not voting for Donald Trump ahead of the midterm elections in America.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government indices are based on the most up-to-date information available from seven specific areas.

Data from income, employment, education, health, crime, barriers to housing and living environment are all used to measure levels of deprivation.

A number of London boroughs have seen decreases in the proportion of their neighbourhoods that are highly deprived, as the capital’s wealth increases.

A Government spokesman said: "The Government is committed to levelling across the country and with unemployment levels continuing to fall and wages rising at their fastest in over a decade, we're committed to supporting families with their cost of living.

"We're providing more support to the most deprived authorities, which now have a spending power 16 per cent higher per home than the least deprived."
Seaside residents dominate personal debt league in England and Wales.

Stoke-on-Trent tops list but coastal towns such as Scarborough and Blackpool dominate.



Seaside towns and cities dominate the list of areas with the highest numbers of people getting into serious difficulties with debt, according to new figures.

Scarborough, the largest resort on the Yorkshire coast, ranked second out of 347 local authorities in England and Wales for personal insolvencies, while Torbay in Devon – which includes the town of Torquay – came third, said the accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.

Plymouth, on the south coast of Devon, was ranked fourth, while Blackpool was in sixth place.

However, it was the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands which had the highest rate of personal insolvencies, recording just over 51 per 10,000 adults in 2018. The national average was 25, said the firm.

The insolvency rate includes personal bankruptcies, debt relief orders and individual voluntary arrangements.

UHY Hacker Young said the data suggested many of the locations “are still a long way from recovering from the decades of contraction in their traditional coastal industries such as tourism, shipbuilding and fishing”.

It added that the slump in sterling and the resulting rise in the numbers of people taking staycation holidays had apparently had little tangible impact on traditional holiday destinations such as Scarborough and Blackpool.

Scarborough had 47.8 insolvencies per 10,000 adults, while Torbay had 45.7, and Plymouth had 45.2.

Other coastal locations or regions featured in the firm’s “top 20” included Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, which includes the resort of Weymouth, which was in 12th place (39.6 insolvencies per 10,000 adults); the Isle of Wight, in 13th place (39.3 per 10,000); Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, in 14th place (39.2 per 10,000); Cornwall, in 17th place (38.5 per 10,000); and Hastings in East Sussex, in 19th place (38 per 10,000).

The accountancy firm said many coastal towns outside south-east England had struggled to replace their traditional industries with faster growth sectors such as financial services and technology.

A number of the locations named in the survey, including Scarborough, Blackpool, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Ryde on the Isle of Wight and Hastings, are among 69 English towns and cities that will benefit from a £95m regeneration fund announced by the government in September 2019.

Wakefield's former coalfield sites " Need investment in education. "

People living in former coalfield areas are still suffering the devastating effects of colliery closures, a new report has said.


The research by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust found there are fewer jobs, pay is lower and more people have to claim benefits in former coal mining areas.

The Wakefield district had the largest number of collieries in Yorkshire at the beginning of the miners’ strike in 1984 with 16, or 18 if Allerton Bywater and Emley are taken into account.

Trade unionist and chairman of Wakefield’s With Banners Held High march Martyn Richardson said after the pits closed no jobs of equivalent quality came in as a replacement, which damaged the area’s economy from top to bottom.

He said: “The government left former coalfields to the scrapheap by withdrawing people’s livelihoods. Since then government-led austerity has crippled local councils and deprivation has skyrocketed.

“There needs to be investment in education and re-skilling the workforce.

“They say employment is the lowest since the 70s but that doesn’t mean anything if people have to take several jobs or claim in-work benefits just to survive.

“And then people can’t afford to spend on the high street and the high street suffers as a result of that.”

The trust’s research said former coalfields have a combined population of 5.7 million, which is roughly the same as a typical English region and more than the whole of either Scotland or Wales.

It said to raise the employment rate to the level in South East England would require 170,000 additional coalfield residents to be in work.

The number of jobs in the coalfields has increased during the upturn but at only half the rate in the main regional cities and only a third of the rate in London.

While unemployment is well down on peak levels, the coalfields still have significantly higher numbers of people out-of-work on other benefits.

Low earnings have triggered widespread entitlement to Tax Credits, but by 2021 welfare cuts are expected to take a total of £2.4bn a year from coalfield residents. One-in-twelve of the entire population of the coalfields claim Disability Living Allowance or its replacement, Personal Independence Payment.

Professor Steve Fothergill, who led the research at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “If the coalfields had been a region in their own right, all clustered together in one part of the country, the statistics would probably show the former coalfields to be the most deprived region in the UK.

“Whilst there is no question that the former coalfields have benefitted from the upturn the evidence that there has been ‘catching up’ is far less clear. Indeed, on some measures the coalfields are falling further behind.

“While physical aspects of coalfield regeneration have progressed well, the continuing social and economic problems suggest that action and funding across a broad front is still needed for some years to come.”

The trust said how to improve the economic and social situations for former coalfield areas would be a key battleground in a forthcoming general election.

Peter McNestry Chairman of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “The challenge to all parties who have ambition to govern, is how they plan to address the ongoing issues in the heart of our communities so clearly demonstrated in this latest independent report.

“We are working up proposals with other key partners on what is required to address deep rooted issues around employment, skills and health and wellbeing.

“The commitment we need from politicians is that they will take the necessary action that is so clearly required.”



The BIBLE on former mining communities :

https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/s ... fields.pdf

Simply the best ever report conducted in this country.
The hidden jobless : poverty persists as Liverpool's fortunes change.

City has highest rate of hidden unemployment in the OECD/Centre for Cities study.



Gerrard Shields watches with a wry smile when Liverpool stars such as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino pass his home to reach the club’s Melwood training ground. A team paid more than £2m a week between them, gathering in Lamborghini and Bentley sports cars, is an irony not lost on the unemployed 55-year-old.

“These players are on millions, coming and going in their flash cars. I’m on £158 a fortnight,” he says, wearing a bright-red cycling jacket and black tracksuit bottoms at a jobs club run by his housing association up the road in West Derby. He pedalled to this CV training session, on a bike with a “Stop universal credit” sticker slapped to the frame.

“Tebbit would have loved this,” he says, pointing at the bike propped up beside him. But then again, he adds, Thatcher’s on-yer-bike employment secretary of the 1980s never had to get by on as little as he did on the Tory benefits scheme.

“I’m a living example of austerity,” says Shields, who has been unemployed for more than 10 years. “It’s all right for Boris Johnson and his likes; they live in a totally different world to people on housing estates. They just do not understand what it’s like and they never will.”

Official employment figures suggest people like Gerrard are in the minority. On the campaign trail, Johnson has repeatedly hammered home a key government statistic: unemployment has fallen to the lowest levels since the mid 1970s, at 3.8% or about 1.3 million people. More people are in work than ever before.

But a new study suggests otherwise. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Centre for Cities thinktank believes three million people are missing from the official jobless figures, implying the scale of unemployment issues in Britain is far larger than the official figures show. The UK’s unemployment rate, the report claims, should be 13.2% or about 4.3 million people. It also suggested that austerity has bit-by-bit damaged people’s chances of finding work.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the tax and spending thinktank, said this week the number of people on universal credit will almost triple in the next five years, with a significant risk families will be left without support. Labour says it would scrap universal credit. A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said more than 600 jobcentres have helped people to find work and that universal credit was supporting claimants.

Liverpool had the highest rate of hidden unemployment in the OECD/Centre for Cities study; with almost 20% of working-age adults out of work compared to an official rate in the city of 5.8%.

Steve Rotheram, the directly elected mayor of the Liverpool city region, said a decade of cuts from Westminster had made it harder to help the unemployed.

Sitting in his top floor office overlooking the Albert Dock on the banks of the Mersey – regenerated from the murk of Liverpool’s 1980s nadir – he said the combined authority runs a scheme called Households into Work that offered greater support to the jobless than the Tory approach.

“Benefit sanctions and universal credit are not working and pushing people into poverty. We believe if you try to treat people as human beings first then you get better reactions than if you sanction someone,” he said.

Emma Gibbons, 27, from Anfield, is among those helped. Her local jobcentre was as good as out of bounds, for fear of bumping into her abusive ex-boyfriend who, until recently, manipulated her by keeping back the insulin she needs to manage type 1 diabetes.

“I don’t want to go anywhere near it. They don’t know whether they’re giving him appointments at the same time,” she said, explaining that her confidence was low, with only £171 a fortnight for her and for her four-year-old daughter.

Households into Work has paid for training courses, exams and gym clothes to help her find work, and her search is progressing. “In the jobcentre they pure intimidate you. You go into these and they’re dead nice, they’ve been everything.”

Heather Shaw, her dedicated support worker, said: “The jobcentre has had cuts to funding. How can they deal with 30 clients in one day and expect to do a good job? All across the UK – but certainly in Liverpool – there are families with incredibly complex and troubled lives who can’t access the mainstream. It isn’t working for them.”

At the Anglican cathedral high on a sandstone ridge overlooking the Mersey – the larger of the city’s two cathedrals standing at opposite ends of Hope Street – Paul O’Brien, the director of Micah Liverpool, a food bank and job support charity, tells a similar story.

“The advice the jobcentre gives is for the single white male between 25-35 because that’s their average person. That means the benefit system doesn’t suit everybody, which means people don’t fit into it, and that’s why its easier for a lone parent to stay on a benefit or someone with a health condition to go on to the sick. Or for somebody who can pick up shifts for his uncle’s firm on the side.”

Condemned to the brink of managed decline under Thatcher, Liverpool struggled as its industrial hinterland shrank and trade flows ebbed out of the Mersey. The population halved in a handful of decades and unemployment peaked at 20% as the Toxteth riots raged.

Over the years the city has made steady strides back to strength, though many credit Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 for sparking a regeneration revival; promoting its rich history as the home of the Beatles, two top-flight football teams, scores of museums and the Three Graces at the Unesco world heritage waterfront.

But culture hasn’t always been entirely kind. Yosser Hughes in the TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff, the stereotypical workless scouser pleading “‘gizza job” is still present in the collective national consciousness.

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Liverpool clearly is not the place it was a decade ago, never mind three decades ago. “It’s a completely different place,” says Steve Rotheram, adding that Liverpool is much the same as any other big post-industrial city these days. “We’re much more resilient – hopefully we’ll be able to withstand some of the aftershocks of Brexit now than we would have done three or four decades ago.”

Billions of pounds were spent building the Liverpool One shopping district in the centre of the city for the 2008 capital of culture year. The collapse of Carillion might have led the cranes to fall idle at the site of the city’s new hospital, but over the road is a hive of activity to build the new northern base of the Royal College of Physicians.

A little beyond the city centre, the feeling is the gleaming new towers form more of a copse than a forest of redevelopment. Despite progress, support is still required for the hidden unemployed, made harder by cuts from central government funding.

As a tenant of the Riverside housing association cycling in from the outskirts of the city to find work, Gerrard says: “There must be some more help for the working class but all they’ve done is bring in shiny buildings that look nice.”

“I do not want to be on the dole,” he says. “It’s not healthy, both physically and mentally.”
Had to smile reading this one.

Compare with the BIBLE on the subject ... best research ever done ... in my opinion :

http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sit ... fields.pdf

Regeneration of former coalfield areas " Will cost at least £40 million. "

A masterplan to turn around the fortunes of former coalfield areas that never recovered from colliery closures has been revealed.



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The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which supports former mining communities across the country, has called for a ringfenced £40m fund. It said investing in new industrial and commercial property in former coalfield communities would create jobs and longer-term aspirations for residents.

The Wakefield district was hit hard by the collapse of the industry.

It had the largest number of collieries in Yorkshire at the beginning of the miners’ strike in 1984 with 16, or 18 if Allerton Bywater and Emley are taken into account. Research by the trust found there are fewer jobs, pay is lower and more people have to claim benefits in former coal mining areas.

( Yawn ... just ask the locals in Worksop ... when the very heart and soul of the community was ripped out in 1984 - 1985 !!! )

Launching the new strategy trust chief executive Gary Ellis said: “These communities have struggled, and many would say have been forgotten.

“Becoming a battleground during the election, it’s time for the promises that have been made to be put into practice.”

He wants funds to support people back into work, develop the skills and qualifications, and provide access to activities that will improve their health and wellbeing.

He said: “It’s not good enough to turn our back on the coalfields. There are 5.7m people living in these communities. Residents could be contributing to the economic prosperity of the UK, but instead they remain within the 30 per cent most deprived in the country.

“We have the evidence, we have the plans, we have a tried and tested model, we have the partners, we now need government funding to scale up our activities and create a dedicated Coalfield Investment Fund that will be used to make a life changing difference to millions of people.”
" Reopening the mine would get my vote " : the view from Camborne and Redruth.

Creating more well-paid, secure jobs is high on the agenda in one of Cornwall’s most deprived constituencies.



After Britain’s last working tin mine, South Crofty, closed 20 years ago, graffiti appeared on its wall:

“Cornish lads are fishermen,

And Cornish lads are miners too,

But when the fish and tin are gone,

What are the Cornish boys to do ?”

The refrain, from an iconic Cornish song, is something of an anthem in the marginal constituency of Camborne and Redruth, where South Crofty’s winding tower still looms over the town of Pool. The graffiti has long been scrubbed off. The question posed, however, remains as pertinent as ever.

“It was devastating,” said 59-year-old Mark Kaczmarek, a former miner who was a shop steward when South Crofty shut. “Politicians came around, having their photographs taken with the miners, promising this, that and the other. Then you never heard nor saw them again”.

So he stood as an independent local councillor and has been campaigning for its reopening. It makes sense, he argues: the price of tin has risen. There is plenty in the mine. A Canadian company is exploring possibilities. He is hopeful that within five years, it could be operational again.

“There could be 200 well-paid jobs,” he said. “So if any politician puts on their leaflet they are supporting South Crofty opening again, it would get my vote, and others’.”

The towns of Camborne, Redruth and Pool form the urban spine of this seat, peppered with old engine houses and ruinous chimneys. It might be expected to be Labour territory. Four of the five most deprived neighbourhoods in Cornwall, among the 10% most deprived in the country, are in Camborne.

But the constituency fans out over agricultural land, coastal communities and wealthy estuarial villages such as Port Navas, with its regatta, yacht club and famed wild oysters.

It has been held by the Conservative George Eustice, from a local farming family, since 2010, when boundary changes chopped out Falmouth and its docks and inserted Hayle, with its St Ives Bay holiday parks and Three Mile Beach.

A dearth of well-paid, secure jobs is high on the list of local concerns, along with insufficient affordable housing. Jobs in the bygone mines and big engineering companies have largely been replaced with those in small industry, retail or seasonal tourism work, with many part-time or zero-hours contracts. The largest employers are Cornwall council and the NHS. The area has higher than average self-employment.

About 100 miles from the nearest motorway, it suffers from low wages but a high cost of living, constituents answering a Guardian callout said. Wealthier outsiders and second home owners push up house prices and push out young families. Stripped services have meant “every trip out is a bit like a Ken Loach film” with scenic backdrop, according to one woman. Boris Johnson recently promised a new women-and-children’s unit at the hospital in Treliske, Truro. But the facility is overloaded by tourists in the summer and overwhelmed by the elderly in winter.


Eustice’s majority was slashed from 7,004 in 2015 to 1,577 in 2017. Labour’s Momentum-backed candidate, Paul Farmer, a lecturer at Falmouth University, requires a 1.63% swing. To get it, he needs votes from leavers. With the constituency voting an estimated 58.4% to leave the EU, he needs to convince people like Don Gardner.

Gardner, 75, joined the engineering company Holman Brothers from school as an electrical engineer. At one time it employed 3,200 making air compressors and rock drills, but closed in 2003.

“That was the backbone of Camborne,’ said Gardner. “Now the manufacturing jobs are gone, there’s no good full-time jobs. People can’t buy homes because they can’t get a mortgage because they have not got permanent work.”

He knows better than most of the post-industrial problems prevalent here. On being made redundant, he set up an electrical engineering business, but since retirement 10 years ago has run the Transformation CPR foodbank in Camborne and Redruth. One of the largest in the UK, it delivers 16,000 meals a month – up from 12,000 this time last year.

Based at the Centenary Wesleyan church in Camborne and staffed by 74 volunteers, it is part of the End Hunger Cornwall network, whose slogan is: “You can’t eat the view.” Last Christmas he had to offer pastoral care to volunteer drivers “coming back in tears at what they saw” when delivering ready-to-cook Christmas lunches to families in need.

“Camborne is three miles from the coast, but there are children here who have never seen the sea,” he said. Scaremongering over Brexit, and the uncertainty of delay, will be major factors for voters, he believes. “People that come in here are struggling. For many it is ‘heat or eat’. They have had enough. Brexit is the big story, and they just want it done.”

He is weighing up options and would “love to vote Labour”, but has concerns about Labour’s costing of its manifesto and, as someone who voted to leave the EU, about Jeremy Corbyn’s neutrality on Brexit.

Corbyn’s stance caused some confusion on the doorstep until it was explained, one Labour canvasser admitted. But not for 49-year-old Russ Johnston, who, with the climate crisis very much on his agenda, is a committed Green party voter.

Johnston, who has a doctorate in evolutionary biology and palaeontology, moved to the village of Constantine 10 years ago with his American wife, Caitlin DeSilvey, 47, an associate professor of cultural geography at Exeter University based at the nearby Penryn campus shared with Falmouth University. The campus has about 1,800 students, which could prove significant on 12 December.

Constantine, where Zoopla records the average house price as above £300,000, is three miles from Cornwall’s south coast. It has a Spar shop, the Constantine Stores off-licence (which also sells online) and a mobile post-office once a week, and is imbued with vibrant community spirit.

The couple, who have sons aged 12 and three, tend an organic allotment on the village edge and are active with Transition Constantine, part of a global movement towards community sustainability. Transition volunteers have helped transform an old chapel into a community centre, fitted solar panels on the local school, manage nearby woodland for community use and run a local newsletter, The Constant Times.

A stay-at-home father and independent researcher, Johnston has served twice on the village pre-school committee. Ten years ago, 10 of the 12-strong committee had attended the school or grown up in the village. Today only “one or two” have that connection. The others are from outside, he said.

“There is a missing generation of people who would have had their kids at that school and would have gone to it themselves,” Johnston said. The elderly do not have children and grandchildren nearby, heralding a future social care crisis.
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“Housing is a huge issue and young people just can’t afford to stay here,” said DeSilvey. Professionally, she also worries about the Brexit effect on EU academic research funding.

Johnston, who voted to remain in the EU, admires Corbyn’s Brexit strategy. “If elected, being in a position to field a second vote without taking sides is probably as fair and smart a position to be in as you can manage to get,” he says. He also believes Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution proposals allow him to “align my green priorities with that vote”. In a “two-horse” constituency, he will vote tactically for Labour.

Labour is chasing the engaged green vote here, and it has left some conflicted. At a hustings organised by the St Day Climate Action Group, 18-year-old Elle Pyner, an arts foundation student and first-time voter, broke down as she told a packed village hall she wanted to vote Green but felt pressured to vote Labour to ensure the Conservatives lost.

“It makes me feel as though what I am doing is wrong,” she said, in tears. After being consoled by others, she will now look for a vote swap in Bristol. “They can vote Green for me, and I will vote Labour for them,” she said. “So my Green vote will count where it will matter.”

Should South Crofty ever reopen, Kaczmarek, who voted for remain and worries who will plug the EU funding gap, knows 200 jobs will not solve problems. But he believes mining – including for lithium, for which testing is currently ongoing – will return in some form. “And it would be a huge boost.” He had not yet decided his vote. “I want someone who will stick their head above the parapet, and fight for Cornwall.”
Hope for Redcar and the surrounding manors ... at last :


Government pledges £71 million to revamp site in ex-Labour seat Redcar.

Former SSI steelworks base gets cash injection as Tories seek to cement election gains.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... steelworks


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EU's funding for UK's poorest areas " Must be matched after Brexit. "

Government’s new fund should at least equal EU’s near £2 billion , Industrial Communities Alliance says.



Russell Imrie, acting national chair of the ICA, said: “Many voters in older industrial Britain backed Boris Johnson. Now is the time for him to ensure that our communities do not lose out from Brexit and to support our efforts to rebuild the economies of our areas.

“Thanks to European funding over the years, we’ve been able to make progress in replacing the thousands upon thousands of jobs lost from industries such as coal, steel, engineering and textiles, but we still have a long way to go to match the prosperity in other parts of the country.

“We want to see the prime minister’s electoral promise translated into hard cash and real action on the ground to help deliver the jobs and growth that our communities still so clearly need.”


The UK currently receives £1.4bn a year from the European regional development fund and the European social fund and a number of smaller payments. However, the ICA said that after adjusting for inflation and the fact that more UK communities would be eligible for EU funding were it not for Brexit, the budget for the shared prosperity fund needed to be £1.8bn a year.

It added that the range of activities on which EU funds could be spent had become too restrictive and the creation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund allowed a fresh start. “There is a strong case for greater flexibility in spending in order to tackle a wider range of regeneration issues than those presently addressed by EU funding.”