Published: 22nd Jun 2020

The North has been disproportionately affected by austerity, according to new analysis by a leading think tank. The analysis by IPPR North found that local government and public services in the North have been disproportionately impacted over the last 10 years. In particular, the think tank claims the region saw a £347 per person fall in spending on services by councils, compared to a £279 fall across England. It also found that public sector employment fell by 19% in the North—a larger fall than the English average, and austerity came hand in hand with centralisation as the share of public sector jobs rose in central government. And the analysis adds that the number of children in poverty across the whole of England has grown by 400,000 in the last decade, with half of them in the North. The number of households in temporary accommodation has risen dramatically, especially in the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)