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.
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