A report that shows Yorkshire coalfield areas are falling behind others in terms of health and work should be a ‘wake-up call’ for ministers, an MP has said.
Michael Dugher welcomed the report, which was produced by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
The Barnsley East MP said: “This report is a crucial piece of work which shows the big challenges still facing coalfield communities. It should act as a wake-up call for Ministers.
“It is very concerning to see the coalfields, including in Yorkshire, falling well behind other parts of the UK economy in a number of key areas, especially job density.”
The State of the Coalfields report was produced on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
It said deprivation, ill health and poor employment continued to have a lasting impact.
Trust chairman Peter McNestry said: “We welcome Michael’s support and would call upon other MPs to do the same.
“We have come a long way in the last 15 years but the recession had a disproportionate effect on the people living and working in the coalfields, which means they continue to need our support, guidance and funding.
“The coalfields simply want the opportunity to get back on their feet.
“An entire industry, which employed most of the people living within these areas, ceased to exist. We cannot just turn our backs and walk away.”