T he locals call it Scarbados, the Queen of the Coast. It has an ancient castle, spectacular cliffs, two sandy beaches and some of the most irresistible fish and chips in the country. But there is a costly downside to living in Scarborough, according to a report from the Social Market Foundationa thinktank.
It found that low pay and high unemployment were common features of seaside life, along with poor health and educational attainment. The North Yorkshire resort was named as the local authority with the lowest mean pay in Britain.
A disproportionately high level of Scarborians are self-employed or in part-time work. I work to live. One regular, Jane, blamed the government for Scarborouh wages so low.
Up the street, Steve Malloy was picking his son up from primary school. He was not surprised to hear that Scarborough was languishing at the bottom of the pay league.
He works six days a week for Lookib Chinese restaurant as a delivery driver: Most jobs were seasonal, he said, and even those were hard to get. The majority of year-round jobs were in factories, said Malloy.
The council leader, Derek Bastiman, will hear no such negativity. It is easy to see that he used to be an estate agent, as he took the Guardian on a tour to show off his greatest hits: A collaboration with the University of Hull, the UTC aims to prepare to year-olds for the swath of engineering and design jobs expected to emerge in the coming years.
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Scarborough already has some engineering prowess, notably at Plaxton, a coach manufacturer. Robert Goodwill, the local Tory MP, is optimistic that the mine, which will dig up valuable fertiliser, will make a real difference. Transport is another challenge for Scarborough.
There is one train an hour to York, the nearest city, just over 40 miles away, and the A64 road is single-lane in parts. Poor public transport condemns many to unemployment benefits.Cute Red Sox Cropredy Seeks Active Attractive Female
Goodwill, a farmer and boss of an environmentally friendly funeral firm as well as an MP and education minister, sees positives in the isolation. Unsurprisingly, he is optimistic about the future.
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