Why Clacton Is A Perfect Target For Ukip!
Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 03/09/2014
is what gives the remaining 10% a bad name!
Why Clacton Parliamentary constituency Is A Perfect Target For Ukip & Nigel Farage’s brand of cult like populism:
‘Clacton is the end of the line – it is not just the last station from the west but it’s alsowhere a lot of troubled people end up.’This charity worker’s blunt description of Clacton-on-Sea epitomises the ‘rise and fall’image that grips many seaside towns. But walking through its main streets the sense ofdecline is not obvious – on summer afternoons the beach is busy, cafes are trading andchildren enjoy the seaside attractions. Clacton appears to be a bustling town of over55,000 people.51‘It’s when you scratch below the surface that you start to see the problems Clacton has,’ saida businesswoman who has run a bed and breakfast near the town’s pier since the 1960s.‘What has happened to Clacton is really sad, in fact it’s disgraceful. The place was sovibrant through the 1960s and 1970s – you would see coaches streaming in for sixmonths of the year. I couldn’t walk down the pavement because the place was so busy.But there was no investment and the place has deteriorated, the Pier ward is nowconsidered to be a place in poverty which would have been unthinkable.’Many see the 1980s as the point where things started to decline in Clacton. The Town andCountry Building Society closed its head office, Butlins holiday camp shut down, and theemergence of foreign holidays meant a lot of Clacton’s tourists became day trippers. Sincethen, Clacton’s greatest problem has been a stagnating economy, fuelled largely by a lack ofsustainable jobs and high levels of worklessness. As the CSJ highlighted in itsSigned on, Writtenoffreport earlier this year, in one neighbourhood in the Pier ward, 54 per cent of people aged16-64 are on out-of-work benefits – the fifth highest percentage in the country. Ironically, itwas the Pier area that had previously provided so much of the town’s employment.
Unlike many towns that suffer economic decline, Clacton’s population has actually beenincreasing – rising by 29 per cent over the period of 30 years between 1981 and 2011 to55,347.56Because property prices are considerably lower than London and other parts ofEssex, Clacton has become an increasingly popular town to retire to. A recent survey foundClacton is the fifth most popular retirement coastal town in Britain, with nearly a third ofresidents claiming state pensions.57Compared to national figures, Clacton has a lower thanaverage proportion of 25-44 year olds and higher than average number of people who are65 and over.58This has created a situation where a large proportion of the population doesnot work, leaving the local economy struggling. Although this does include some pensioners,43 per cent of Clacton’s 16 to 74 year olds are economically inactive.59A former employee of the regional tourist board said: ‘It is difficult for a town when much ofits work is seasonal, but it’s a million times worse when you have large parts of the populationthat don’t work at all. A lot of people moved to Clacton from London to retire and havepriced locals out of good property, that is a source of tension.’The local economy is further hindered by low pay. In 2010 the median household incomein Clacton was £13,648,60compared to the median in England and Wales of £24,242. Amajor barrier to employment is a low skills base – 41 per cent of adults in Clacton haveno qualifications, which is almost double the national average for England and Wales.
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