During a meeting today to catch up on the progress made on potential joint tourism research project with Prof Steve Fothergill, I discovered that Steve and the team at Sheffield Hallam had published a report in late 2017 on the real level of unemployment in the UK. This is the 5th in a series of reports at about five year intervals that has looked at the hidden levels of unemployment among the UK’s working age population, much of it attributed to incapacity benefit. At the time of publication the report didn’t attract much popular national press attention.
Although not a tourism report as such the finding may be of particular relevance to a number of UK popular destinations both inland and coastal. It is worth noting that an earlier version of this report played a catalytic role in helping us develop the case with Government for a greater emphasis of coastal resort regeneration.
The full 26 pages of text are worth reading in full. However, the key points on page 3, the map on page 15 and the table showing the best and worst performing authorities on page 17 combined should give you an overview of the reports immediate relevance to your destination.
The report has been placed in our library in date order and is therefore not at the top of either the consolidated “Reports & statistics – by year” page or in the “(+)” listing of individual report. It is current the third item of the 120 plus strategically significant national reports held by us for your use. For ease go directly to the reports page at: