Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The north-south divide in the UK

The example raised by the Institute for Public Policy Research North is a prime example of the cleavage between the southern UK and the north (including, of course, Scotland).

Rationale or rationalization, there are reasons why so much public money is spent in the south (Conservative Party territory). But northern (Labour Party territory) interests hint that the real reasons are political.

Transport spending 'skewed towards London'
The government spends more money on transport projects for Londoners than on those for the rest of the country combined, a think tank says.

The Institute for Public Policy Research North says £2,700 is spent per person in London compared with £5 per head in the north-east of England…

The government says its investment strategy is to maximise economic benefits for the country as a whole.

Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North, said: "Skewed spending benefiting London and the south-east is nothing new but these new figures are truly shocking and will strike most people as deeply unfair."

The BBC's Transport Correspondent Richard Lister says the report claims the infrastructure strategy is "entrenching the North-South divide"…

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At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

More on north-south cleavage

Hart in Hampshire named as UK's most desirable place

The Hampshire district of Hart has been named as the UK's most desirable place to live for quality of life.

The annual study by the Halifax bank took into account factors such as jobs, housing, health and crime as well as weather, traffic and broadband access...

No places in northern England, Scotland or Wales were in the top 50 locations...

Of the top 50 places, 27 were southern England and 15 were in eastern England...

At 9:09 AM, Blogger WhatHouse.co.uk said...

The north-south divide is apparently at its worst since 2000 with nearly half of all property sales happening in the south and significantly differing house prices and sale times.

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