Unemployment rates in Great Yarmouth are amongst some of the highest in the country. Driven by seasonal work, the job-seekers count rises steeply during the winter months. In Nelson ward for example the percentage of adults claiming out-of-work benefits is more than double the rate for elsewhere in the Borough. At the same time, Great Yarmouth’s economy is going through a period of transformation. The expansion of the renewable energy sector, coupled with enterprise zone status means that there are real and improving prospects for employment and growth. Whilst the skills level of working-age people in Yarmouth has improved over recent years, 42.1% of people still only have an NVQ level 1 or lower qualification. It is vital that the benefits of growth do not bypass Great Yarmouth’s most income and employment deprived communities.