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Pit areas 'suffering years on from axe'.

COALFIELD communities face significant health problems and economic difficulties even decades after pit closures, according to new research.

Health problems including long-term limiting illnesses such as chronic arthritis, asthma and back problems are significantly more likely in some of these areas.

Targeted regeneration could be key to boosting their recovery, the Durham University-led study said today.

The findings reinforce calls for increased Government assistance, particularly in poorer, predominantly rural coalfield communities.

Co-author of the Durham study, Professor Sarah Curtis from the Department of Geography, said: "Coalfield areas vary considerably and it's essential that Government policy recognises the different levels of support that are needed and helps the areas with the greatest need."

The Government has launched a pounds 30m fund to provide assistance over two years via the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 16, 2011
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