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Levelling Up - Can the UK improve inequalities without big spending?

Graham Watson

3rd February 2022

Faisal Islam asks whether government is going to be able to reduce regional income inequality without a significant increase in state spending.

Some people have pointed out that only when governments have been prepared to spend big - as in the case of post-reuinification Germany - have such moves been successful. Germany spent £70bn a year on fiscal transfers to tackle regional inequality.

Inequality is multi-faceted, and takes many forms - so as Faisal Islam concludes it more about "processes" rather than outcomes.

However, he also suggests that it's "ambitious" - and it is - but I don't think the ambition matches up with the intention of the policy. I don't think that it's a sincere attempt to level up and that the policy is more about trying to create the impression of levelling up.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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