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Debate on seaside town regeneration

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Conservative MP for East Devon Hugo Swire has called on the government to do more to help seaside towns address the "complex range of challenges" they face.

During a debate in Westminster Hall on 1 December 2009 Mr Swire said the seasonality of the seaside economy, frequent high levels of deprivation, and the outward migration of younger residents were just some of the problems facing coastal towns.

The MP criticised plans announced in the Budget to abolish favourable tax rules for furnished holiday lettings from April 2010, which he said would be "potentially devastating" for British holiday home owners.

He said British tourism has "not been given the attention it deserves".

Communities and Local Government Minister Ian Austin said Regional Development Agencies were helping to ensure that seaside towns reach their full potential.

"I don't accept the argument that coastal communities have not benefited from any of the additional expenditure this government has delivered," he said.

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