Report deems Skegness and Ingoldmells ‘most deprived seaside areas in Britain’

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Skegness and Ingoldmells have been identified as the most deprived seaside areas in Britain, according to a report released today.

For the first time the Office for National Statistics has ranked 57 largest seaside towns in Britain using a range of measures of deprivation.

The report looked at official poverty data and the divide across Britain’s coastlines, some are in decline and some have avoided the drop.

It put Skegness and Ingoldmells at top of the most deprived medium sized towns, topping Seaham, Ryde and Feetwood.

In contrast to Skegness, Blackpool was ranked the most deprived large resort in England but a nearby town Lytham St Annes, is one of the least.

And in comparisons to all the towns, the study found Skegness and Ingoldmells were at the top with overall deprivation levels higher than the national average.

The study by the ONS looked into the perception that the economies of English towns and cities which once thrived on seaside resort tourism, has declined as a result of people choosing holidays abroad dashing footfall and bringing high levels of deprivation.

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