YEP Says: We must bridge the economic gulf with the South

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THE North-South divide is one of the greatest challenges to the long-term prosperity of our country. So a report warning that the economic gulf between Yorkshire and London is predicted to widen by £50bn over the next decade should set alarm bells ringing among our political leaders. This stark figure comes from Irwin Mitchell, whose latest UK Powerhouse Report, produced alongside the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), highlights a North-South divide that has become a chasm.

According to the report, Leeds will be the best performing city in Yorkshire with its economy expected to grow by 13 per cent over 10 years. But compare this with cities in the South, such as London, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, whose economies are set to soar by as much as 22 per cent.

The gap between property prices has repeatedly been highlighted and England has been compared to a “divided nation” when it comes to education for pupils over the age of 11.

Theresa May has pledged to support the North and tasked the Business Secretary Greg Clark with ensuring that cities outside London help drive the nation’s growth.

But Yorkshire’s politicians must take the initiative and ensure that this vast economic chasm does not materialise and the North-South divide becomes a thing of the past.

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