No.10 defends steps to boost north amid claims of government neglect [Video]

The north of England is being badly neglected by the government despite its levelling up policy – and has some of the lowest spending of any advanced economy, a think-tank claims.

If it were a country, only Greece would see less public and private investment than the area above the Midlands, IPPR North’s study says.

Its findings come days after the government was accused of favouring relatively affluent south-eastern seats in the latest allocation of £2.1billion funding by Michael Gove’s Levelling Up department – although prime minister Rishi Sunak’s Richmond constituency in North Yorkshire got £19million for regeneration despite being one of the wealthiest.

The think-tank says Britain and the north of England are held back by ‘vast inequalities’ and ‘systematic under-investment’ in research and development, social infrastructure and transport.

Productivity is about £7 lower per hour worked in the north than England’s average and pay is £1.60 lower, it adds.

‘Of all advanced economies, ours is the most regionally …

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