21/08/2013 11:07 BST | Updated 21/10/2013 06:12 BST

Seaside Resorts' Deprivation Grows, Official Study Says

File photo dated 24/04/11 of beachgoers enjoying the warm weather on Blackpool beach as Blackpool, which welcomes more visitors a year than any other UK coastal town, had the highest level of deprivation of the larger English seaside destinations in 2010, the analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.
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British seaside resorts are among the poorest parts of the country, according to an official report.

Although it welcomed more visitors than any other coastal town, Blackpool had the worst deprivation of any major seaside resort, the Official for National Statistics said.

The next most-deprived larger-destination towns were Clacton in Essex and Hastings in East Sussex, with 25 of the 31 larger English seaside resorts having higher levels of deprivation than the measure for England on average.

While 20% of England overall was considered deprived in 2010, the figure for the 31 larger English seaside destinations was 26.9% - a rise on the 2007 figure of 26%.

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