Devolution can’t make the UK more unequal than it already is

Alexandra Jones writes in the Guardian about why giving more power to cities is less risky than sticking with a status quo that prolongs the postcode lottery.

Press release published on 14 October 2015 by Alexandra Jones

A young person is 10 times more likely to be in employment in Cambridge than in Hull. You’re more likely to get five GCSEs at A* to C in London than in Stoke-on-Trent.

One of the most common criticisms of city devolution – as well as last week’s announcement that from 2020 all business rates will be kept by local councils – is that it will create a postcode lottery, in which only the strongest economies thrive. But here in the most centralised country in the developed world, we already have one.

Read the rest of the article on the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network.