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Rustat Report on UK's North-South Divide

On 26 November 2015, the Rustat Conference was attended by business, political and academic experts, including representatives from KPMG, IPPR North, Centre for Cities, Demos, Arts Council England, Yorkshire First, North East Party, and universities including Durham, Manchester, LSE, Central Lancashire, Bristol and Cambridge.

Speakers discussed:

  • Whether there is a divide in education, skills and culture, and what could resolve the divide
  • Why the north south divide exists, and what it means for policy
  • The challenges associated with the Northern Powerhouse, including whether infrastructure and transport could provide some solutions
  • Whether devolution could solve divisions between north and south.

A report on the day, including a list of participants and the agenda, can be downloaded here.