The north-south divide in housing supply

Paul Smith CROP

For levelling up to stand a chance of working, Michael Gove will have to find a way of delivering homes that tackles different problems in the north and south of England, argues Paul Smith

Levelling up was one of the government’s big promises when it was elected in 2019. The recent announcement significantly curtailing investment in the North’s railway infrastructure was widely seen as a betrayal of that promise, and exposed England’s deep-rooted north-south divide.

The divide isn’t all one sided, though - the delivery of new homes is another area where the government is in trouble, although in this instance it is voters in the South who are complaining the loudest.

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