House of Lords forms Committee to examine Coastal Communities.
The House of Lords has announced a Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities, which follows increased engagement by the Campaign with members of the House of Lords. The Committee states that since the growth of cheaper foreign holidays, many seaside towns, which grew as holiday destinations in the 19th and 20th centuries, have fallen into disrepair with poor housing and transient populations. It added that on the coast the health of residents is poorer, and the wages are lower, than inland areas.
The Committee has outlined a broad inquiry into the problems which currently afflict coastal communities which covers the purview of a number of government departments. The issues that they have highlighted include;
The Campaign will be submitting to the inquiry to argue that by far the most effective policy for regenerating the UK’s coastal communities would be to reduce VAT on tourism. Tourism is the largest employer on the coast, and the only sector with the capacity to provide the jobs needed in these communities. Previous initiatives to benefit the coast have been too small and not coordinated enough to truly make a difference to these communities.
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