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This government won’t narrow the regional gap without proper investment in skills

The budget must contain policies to boost adult learning and training

By Claire Ainsley  

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Proponents of regional investment are drawn to metaphors of latent potential springing to life, citizens no longer held back. Whether it’s the Northern Powerhouse or the Midlands Engine, the promise is new wealth resulting from greater investment and powers. Every government has tried to use the levers of the state to encourage higher rates of growth outside of London and the south east. New Labour opted to relocate public sector jobs…

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