Part 2 of a 2-part series: By Joshua Kelly and Marlene Loesken
The government’s austerity measures are not fair, according to Barry Coppinger, PCC for Cleveland. He told PopUp News that more investment in public services is needed to stimulate the local economy and that the living wage should be encouraged.
Mr Coppinger also stressed a growing North-South divide: “I think we already suffer inequalities in terms of the geography of the country… far too much public investment goes into the South East and at the same time the North East is being starved of resources. I don’t think that’s fair”. He said that this is particularly unjust given the industrial productivity of the region.