- Britain's seaside towns have become 'a dumping ground'
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%.