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Communities Still Feeling Pit Closure Consequences

Thursday July 3 2014

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THE closing of the pits still has an impact on Barnsley 25 years on, according to a new report.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, based in Wombwell, commissioned a research team from Sheffield Hallam University to compare economic and social conditions in former mining areas with the rest of the country.

The hard-hitting report, dubbed The State of the Coalfields, paints a grim picture for the 5.5 million people living in ex-mining areas.

Professor Steve Fothergill, who led the research, said: "The pit closures may now be receding into history, but the job losses that followed are still a serious and contributing factor to the economic reality for most mining communities.

"The consequences are still all too visible in statistics on jobs, unemployment, benefits and ill health. The coalfields communities are seriously adrift of the national average."

The report found employment rates are between two and seven per cent lower than the average for England and Wales.

It found that there are only 50 jobs for every 100 adults of working age, which is lower than the national average of 67.

It also shows 11.7 per cent of people living in coalfields report long-term health problems - compared to 8.6 per cent nationally -  and 8.4 per cent of working age adults claim incapacity benefit, which is 2.2 per cent higher than the national average.

Perhaps more alarmingly, 14 per cent of adults are on out-of-work benefits, and 43 per cent of all neighbourhoods in coalfields areas fall into the most deprived 30 per cent in the country. 

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Reply Posted by sid on Thursday July 3 2014 at 09:28
I wish I was paid to sit and write reports on the "bleeping obvious"
Nothing has replaced the jobs lost through pit closures, not flaming rocket science is it.
Now Mr.Fothergill,do a report about finding decent jobs in our area, go on, have a think.

Reply Posted by Nonny Rat on Thursday July 3 2014 at 10:59
Educated idiots making more money on something we all knew about in the beginning. Disgraceful. That is why we fought in the miners strike of 1984/85. Common sense must now be a super power.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday July 3 2014 at 11:25
@Nonny rat, your last sentence made me laugh, good one.

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday July 3 2014 at 11:08
It is the Coalfields Regeneration Trust who should be criticised. They are the ones wasting the money.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday July 3 2014 at 16:55
Youre right about that Brian. The report says the consequences of pit closures are still visible..mmm, my eyes tell me that and I dont need to spend threpence ha'penny unlike our learned professor. As Nonny put it,Im blessed with a super power called common sense. Who'da thunk it?

Reply Posted by ada on Thursday July 3 2014 at 15:22
when labour was in power why the didn't put money into the coalfields bring investment into the town

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 3 2014 at 17:47
The people to blame are those who couldn't see the day when mines would become financially unviable and Barnsley would need a replacement for employment poor leadership on two could TS local council and the governments who have allowed this to still continue.another example how many electric cars or forms of transport do you see on the Barnsley roads that don't relay on oil we all know its going to run out don't we.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Saturday July 5 2014 at 17:42
Its this rubber end on my pen,talking about ends your purile shot aimed at my mistakes shows me and others you are like my other end you know the one I mean don't you the one that h20 and other liquids passes through.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 3 2014 at 17:50

Reply Posted by juju on Saturday July 5 2014 at 16:54
This Is Because Pit Communities Won't Move On, Over 30 Years Ago And Still Harping On About It....Move On!!

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Saturday July 5 2014 at 17:45
That's the whole point of my post the people to blame never planned for the future,governments and espeacialy your local council that should have its finger on the pulse.

Reply Posted by True red on Saturday July 5 2014 at 18:07
Juju people have moved on its the scars that are left that won't heal, it's taken along time for a city like Sheffield to get over the decimation of the steel and coal industry we are a small town overlooked by successive governments so you should understand that the scars won't mend until real jobs are created and Barnsley can be proud of its industrious future as well as its past

Reply Posted by common sence on Sunday July 6 2014 at 06:50
Well we use to generate a living from pits. There is no way i would let my kids go work in those dusty **** hole places . Some people must be crazy . Or would you rather have your kids die of dust related diseases . Im shocked

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday July 6 2014 at 16:41
This town was built on the back of hardworking miners that toiled underground in horrendous conditions for a mere pittance..

I for one am proud of our mining heritage, yes the industry may have gone as have the jobs but it doesn't stop memories does it?

Some villages in our borough have been decimated since the mines closed and some will never recover.

Sometimes you have to look back to look forward....

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Sunday July 6 2014 at 18:43
Barnsley wasn't just built by coal what about the leather tanning,the glass industry a simple look on Google ect will help.when I put a post on here saying please open your eyes get as much education as you can and get out emigrate ect its not me been synical its me thinking that Barnsley is in serious decline and those in the ivory tower play there violins and don't do anything Barnsley is on fire and the flames are spreading.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday July 7 2014 at 06:53
If you REALLY want to be specific then Carpets, Linen / Bleachworks / Plastics and just up the road from me nail making....

Houghton and the rest of them couldn't give a monkeys, they are alright....

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday July 7 2014 at 09:50
The truth is that none of the mentioned industries have been replaced despite 13 years of Labour government. The only thing that grew were the numbers employed in the Town Hall, the NHS and the long term unemployed.! Result a run down town.!

Reply Posted by ray on Wednesday July 9 2014 at 09:01
Ain't that a fact. I think our only saving grace is the fact that Barnsley is ideally located between 5 other cities, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Bradford & Manchester. Without us being close to them a lot of our council tax generating workforce would be unemployed and the area would be a lot sparser. Thing is New Labour came and went but we're still stuck with old labour still and as you rightly point out very little has changed in 20 years, but the same names remain, patting each other on the back as this town struggles.

Reply Posted by Plan B on Tuesday July 8 2014 at 21:20
Barnsley have been more lucky than the mining villages of the North East which haven't regenerated half as effectively. Loads of businesses, shops and houses have been boarded-up for years in the small mining communities. The Barnsley area could be more like those

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