SUNDERLAND has been named in a top 10 of England’s most deprived seaside places.
The city is 10th in the list drawn up by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with Blackpool top, Hartlepool placed sixth, with South Shields eighth.
Its analysis considered deprivation in larger English seaside destinations, which may have once thrived on seaside tourism.
A spokesman said: “There is a perception that these economies have declined and are enduring high levels of deprivation as a result of people going on holiday abroad rather than in England. The perceived extent of their decline is so great that during the 2010 election campaign, all three major political parties discussed the problems facing British seaside settlements.”
Its results show higher levels of deprivation than the average measure for England.