The government must do more to improve the economies and quality of life in some of England's most run-down seaside towns, a committee of MPs says.
The Commons local government committee said many coastal communities had poor housing and that influxes of elderly people put pressure on social services.
It called on ministers to end a "policy vacuum" on seaside issues.
The MPs also found that in England as a whole since 1997 there had been a 2.2% increase in claimants of incapacity benefit, special disability allowance or income support. But in seaside towns the rise had been 12%.
In some of the poorest resorts, the MPs added, the economy must develop beyond the low-wage, seasonal tourism trade.