Funding aimed at ‘neglected and declining’ coastal communities has been increased by ministers.
The coastal communities fund for 2014-15 is to be increased by 5% to £29m and extended to 2016, the government announced on Friday.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “Before 2010, too many seaside towns and villages suffered from economic decline and neglect. This government is committed to supporting our seaside towns and we know the coastal communities fund is really making a difference.”
The extension of funding comes two days after the Office for National Statistics published analysis which showed seaside towns suffered from above average deprivation levels and found that Skegness in Lincolnshire was the worst off.
The fund is aimed at schemes which will generate new jobs and economic growth, with bidders for the second round expected to hear the outcome in the autumn. Bidding for round three is expected to take place early next year.
Financial secretary to the Treasury Greg Clark said: “Many seaside towns have particular challenges and the coastal communities fund is another way we’re helping them tap into new business opportunities, creating jobs and new skills that will benefit the whole community.
“The fund is growing year by year and we want many more exceptional projects to benefit in the future.”