An important report published today showed that on average coastal residents earn £1,600 less than people inland.
The All Parliamentary Group for Coastal Communities said the findings showed seaside towns were “being left behind”
Down in Dover & Deal, we know this to be true. There are more seasonal jobs here and many people often struggle to bring home a full-time wage, especially in winter months. The number of local people on zero hour contracts has boomed in the last five years, meaning that their income is less stable.
Over recent decades, major local employers, such as Pfizer and the Armed Forces, have also moved away and the resulting loss of these employers has hit other businesses, including our High Streets.
We also suffer from poor infrastructure, relying on narrow, poorly maintained roads and expensive public transport; our villages are also constantly threatened by the Tories in County Hall with cuts to essential bus routes.
Luke Pollard, Labour’s Shadow Water Minister, knows how hard it can be in coastal communities such as ours. He said: “This report reveals the scale of the deprivation and inequality imposed on people in our coastal communities by almost a decade of austerity under the Conservatives.”
I couldn’t agree more; coastal communities need a Labour government, who can give them the focus they deserve. Let’s end this near decade of Tory neglect in our area – time for change!