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Divided by shameful economic injustice

We are still a nation divided by shameful economic injustice | The big issue | From the Observer | The Observer: Much of south-west England has more in common with the north than the south. The economic hardships of the West Country are always disguised by the inclusion of Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester and Bournemouth in the planning region for south-west England. Government figures show that while annual gross pay in the region is just below the average for England at £24k, this obscures the fact that in Torbay it is only £18.5k. The Gross Value Added for the planning region in 2008 was 9% of the UK total, but the GVA per head is 10% below the overall figure for England, and in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly it is 38% lower.

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