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Lothians pit closures are still blighting communities, says report

Peter McNestry, chair of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Peter McNestry, chair of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Deprivation, ill health and unemployment continue to blight the UK’s coalfield communities, according to a new report.

Sheffield Hallam University’s “The State of the Coalfields” paints a grim picture for the 5.5 million people – including half a million Scots – who live in the UK’s former mining areas.

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the mining industry, the report concludes that there is a “compelling case” for continued support and access to funding.

In the Lothians coalfield areas, there are only 42 jobs for every 100 adults of working age, significantly lower than the national average of 67.

For full story, see this week’s East Lothian News.

 

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