We’re clos­ing the wealth gap al­ready

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Ed­i­tor, Labour’s Liam Byrne states that the coun­try needs a ‘big state’ to re­duce the north-south wealth gap.

The re­marks come af­ter a re­port from the Com­mis­sion of Eco­nomic Jus­tice called for a the cre­ation of ‘four eco­nomic ex­ec­u­tives’ in the North, Mid­lands, South West and South East to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for eco­nomic and in­dus­trial strat­egy and re­port back to lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­stead of West­min­ster.

Has the Com­mis­sion not heard of Com­bined Au­thor­i­ties?

Do they not know that this is ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing here in the West Mid­lands. The two re­spon­si­bil­i­ties – eco­nomic and in­dus­trial strat­egy – to­gether with a strong will to ad­dress the skills short­age will vastly im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and in turn the wealth of the peo­ple of the West Mid­lands.

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