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The North/South divide is getting smaller...apparently

Patrick Christys
Jul 11, 2019


It’s the age old question: Who has it better - those living in the North, or those in the South?

Both have a bad opinion of each other. For Northerners, those living beyond Birmingham are a bunch of overpaid softies who live in mansions, call their kids Hugo and feed them vegan scoff.

While Southerners view those in the North as Coronation Street loving pond life who still moan about Thatcher closing the pits.

But, despite that mutual hatred of each other, a new study has revealed that living standards are more equal across British regions than at any point since 1979.

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Disposable income inequality between regions has halved since it peaked in 1990, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank.

In that year, incomes in the richest region, the South East of England, were £10,307.

This was 47% higher than in the poorest region, Scotland, where a normal household would make £6,994-a-year - that wouldn’t pay for your annual train fair in the capital!

Today, there is a 21% difference between average income of £25,344 in the richest region – still the South East – and the poorest, the North East, where the figure is £21,016.

This puts Britain ahead of Canada, Spain and the US but behind Germany and most Nordic countries.

The foundation said the decrease in inequality could be explained by rising employment, the positive impact of a higher minimum wage, but also rising housing costs for those living in the South.

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