Rather than ameliorating spatial inequality, the business rate retention strategy potentially exacerbates uneven development. Consequently, our findings suggest that the centralised national economy could be replaced by an equally divisive city based one, where a minority of locations are dealt all of the aces while the rest get a raw deal.
However much we may wish the government to adopt a different and progressive public expenditure and investment-led macro-economic strategy, realistically, this is simply not going to happen as long as the current government holds to its current position and remains in office.
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