Why we need devolution in the North

The appeal for increased devolution in 'How the North of England has been hit by public spending cuts' (December 5) is an essential development towards a, more interconnected, modern form of governance that the North of England desperate needs.

Monday, 17th December 2018, 1:26 pm
Updated Monday, 17th December 2018, 1:28 pm

Division between London and the North continues to increase despite the introduction of a “northern powerhouse”, meaning trust of the national government is at an all-time low.

London has had a devolved Assembly since 2000 which has been a great success for the city.

It delivers much more effective and transparent governance, based specifically for the peculiarities of the area.

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It is about time that regions, such as Tyne and Wear, gain similar substantial powers through devolution in order to directly address uneven development instead of relying on what I consider to be incompetence of those at Westminster.

Calum McCaskill,

Geography Undergraduate Student at Newcastle University