Overall discussion question: To what extent should the government prioritize a fairer distribution of income and wealth?
This article discusses the claim that "the gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan."
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A clear and accessible discussion of the IPPR State of the North report (See Further Reading, below).
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This article looks at how the government might deliver on its promises to address regional inequality following the Decemebr 2019 general election. Because it is accessed via Infotrac this article is text only - images have been removed.
Although this executive summary is resonably substantial, it is also quite readable and worth skimming through for your areas of interest. The second report, which is looking at potential ways forward, is equally accessible.
"The UK2070 Commission is an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK", supported by "Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; the University of Manchester; the University of Sheffield; University College London; the Sir Hugh Sykes Charitable Trust (SHSCT) and the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)". It can be regarded as a reputable source.
A substantial research report - but the summary (p.3) is very informative as, if you are feeling bold, the introduction (p.4-7).
The Institute for Public Policy Research is a left wing think tank.
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Use this journal to make notes as you read each article. One page per source.
You should make notes like this on both the Recommended Reading articles for each section. (If you choose to make notes by hand rather than on screen, use a shortened URL in the source description e.g. bbc.co.uk rather than the full URL of the article).
Once you have completed your reading for each area you can start to transfer your ideas to this summary sheet, which you will use as your notes for the Spiderweb discussion. Don't forget to explain the key Economic ideas for each area in the "basic explanation" box on the left hand side of the sheet, and highlight any key vocabulary so that you can make sure you use it in the discussion.
This sheet should be printed double sided on A3.
You may wish to use this sheet to collect a list of technical terms as you progress through this topic. You might find it helpful to have this list to refer to during the discussion.