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When it comes to inequality don’t forget the regional dimension

My commission saw alarming disparity between the southeast and the rest, affecting towns and cities alike. (This article features in “All about towns,” Prospect’s new report in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

By Bob Kerslake  

Dilapidated shops in Grimsby. Photo: Shutterstock

Much has been said and written since the EU referendum on under-served places in Britain and the predicament of many of England’s towns.

There is good reason for this. Economically, many of these places have fared badly over some decades, particularly outside of the southeast. This economic decline has been accompanied by reduced opportunity for those who live there and, in some instances, by deep rooted social issues. A symbol of all this in recent years has been the rapid and visible deterioration…

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