The north-south divide

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  • the north-south divide
    • what is it?
      • the real or imagined cultural and economic differences between the south of England and the rest of the UK
        • south enjoys higher incomes and longer life expectancy but also higher house prices and more traffic congestion
        • why is there a north-south divide?
          • during Industrial revolution, growth was centred on coalfields and heavy industries in northern England, Wales and Scotland
            • since 1970s, many industries have declined, reducing prosperity in those areas
    • how can regional strategies address the issue/
      • local enterprise partnerships
        • voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses
          • identify needs and encourage companies to invest to boost economy and create jobs
        • Lancashire LEP
          • create 50000 new jobs by 2023
          • extend superfast broadband across 97% of region
      • enterprise zones
        • encourage new businesses and jobs
        • governments supports businesses by:
          • providing a business rate discount
          • ensuring the provision of superfast broadband
          • creating simpler planning regulation


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