England’s spending gap

From today’s Telegraph:

The gap between the amount of public money spent per head in Scotland compared with that spent in England has grown despite devolution.

After adjustments for inflation, the difference is now more than £1,300 in Scotland’s favour, up from just over £1,000 in 1999, according to official figures.

The situation will particularly anger Tories, who won about 60,000 more votes in England than Labour. They secured 92 fewer seats although the South voted overwhelmingly Tory.

A similar story appeared in the Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago, but the election result is bound to turn up the temperature on this issue.



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