Even Decades After, Closures Still Affecting Lives of People Badly in England Coalfield

Durham-UniversityAccording to a new research, even after decades of closures of pits that occurred between 1984 and 1997, under which 170,000 people lost their jobs across England and male employment in coalfield areas fell by 25%, North- east mining areas of England are still under the severe affects of same as people in the region are still suffering from major health and economic problems.

The research was conducted by the Durham University and highlighted that that the communities in the region are severely suffering from conditions like asthma, back problems and chronic arthritis.

Regarding the situation, Co-author Prof Curtis, of Durham University's Department of Geography, said: "Coalfield areas vary considerably and it's essential that government policy recognizes the different levels of support that are needed and helps the areas with the greatest need. Adding in his statement, Prof Sarah Curtis also pleaded more targeted states to provide aid to help struggling areas.

"Some mining communities have struggled and need more assistance, whilst others have fared quite well, demonstrating considerable resilience in the wake of the huge job losses that affected these regions," Curtis said.

Also, the government has recently launched a £30m fund in order to help former mining areas from suffering from these long-term illnesses.

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