Published: 13th Feb 2019

Rhyl’s rundown Abbey Street area in 2010 The UK’s current political-economic system has ‘failed a generation’ according to a new study, which calls for the creation of a national spatial strategy if the UK is to resolve social and regional inequalities. The report – published by the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place – examined national spatial strategies in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and France, stating that no such strategy exists for England. The authors identified three key developments which are causing people to question the UK’s current path of development: austerity and ‘neoliberalim redux’ following the 2008 financial crash, Brexit, and the growing influence of artificial intelligence and big data. Professor Mark Doyle, director of the Heseltine Institute and co-author of the report, titled National Spatial Strategies in an Age of Inequality, said that neoliberalism has brought ‘unprecedented pain … (To read the full article, subscribe below)