North-south divide does not explain British poverty

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:82

The existence of an economic divide between the north and south of Britain is challenged in a new report by the Child Poverty Action Group. Instead, says the report, rich and poor people often live side by side. Off the Map: the Social Geography of Policy in the UK criticises the standard of health and other services offered to poor people and warns that the gap between the groups is widening.

Chris Philo, the editor of the report, said, “The north-south divide, although never eliminated, only tells half the story. There is a complex mosaic of living patterns and opportunities …

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