What is England for? Where are its regional economies headed? How is that funded? Who pays, and who benefits? How do we all feel about that? These are questions that our politicians almost never debate in public, for the obvious reason that it is almost impossible to devise a system of local and regional funding with which everyone is happy, especially at a time of austerity. But recent weeks have forced the issue of regional fairness back on to the table. In the coming years, we will have to confront a series of troubling questions about our over-centralised economy, and the result may be a radical shift in the way we spend public money. The EU referendum revealed a country in which many people living outside of successful urban centres feel alienated and left behind. It also revealed that some of those people were prepared to take a huge gamble … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Simon Parker is director of New Local Government Network.
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