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IPPR calls for greater focus on infrastructure in north of England

Thu 02 Jan 2014

Major infrastructure priorities in the north of England need to be identified in order to help the region achieve greater parity with the south.

According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), public spending is heavily concentrated on the south of England and London in particular.

As a result, it believes steps must be taken to rebalance investment and stimulate growth in other parts of the country.

The thinktank stated that identifying where improvements to infrastructure can be made in the north would be one positive step forwards. These, it said, should be comparable to southern-based projects such as the Thames Gateway and Crossrail.

Furthermore, it argued that leaders throughout the north of England need to push the case for greater investment with a unified voice, much as London mayor Boris Johnson is able to promote the capital's interests in the corridors of power.

IPPR North director Ed Cox added that the government must use its next Spending Review to "reform how public spending is allocated and break the vicious cycle which promotes growth in London and shores up decline in the north".


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