Photo by –Sam– John P. Houghton looks at three policy areas – funding, state aid, and community engagement – as the basis for post-Brexit urban regeneration policy Amid the claims and counter-claims following last June’s EU referendum result, one fact is undisputed. The poorest areas of England and Wales outside of London voted for Brexit, despite the fact that they receive significant amounts of development funding from the EU. Academics at the University of Warwick compared referendum voting patterns with data from the Index of Multiple Deprivation and concluded: ‘All across the board, more deprivation is associated with a larger Vote Leave share or, vice versa, less deprivation is associated with a lower Vote Leave share.’ Brendan O’Neill put it more succinctly in the Spectator: ‘The most striking thing about Britain’s break with the EU is this: it’s the poor wot done it…[T]hey rose up, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John P. Houghton is a freelance public policy consultant.
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