Northern transport spending 'still lagging far behind London'

A report that in the four and a half years since the government's Northern Powerhouse agenda was launched, 'transport spending per person has gone up twice as much in London as in the north of England' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that an analysis of government figures, by the think-tank IPPR North, "suggests that while the capital has seen a £326 per person increase in public spending, the north has seen an increase of less than half that – £146. Transport spending per person remains approximately twice as high in London as in the north, as it has for the past decade".

The Times (subscription) reports that the government "has slashed the financial support on offer for new offshore wind farms, forcing developers to find further cost savings if their projects are to proceed". According to the paper, Claire Perry, the energy minister, said the government "aimed to ‘secure more energy from renewables for less’ after announcing that it would award subsidy contracts worth up to £60 million a year to new projects through an auction in May".

Writing in the Times, Perry hails progress in delivering renewable energy projects across the UK. She writes: "This year in total we’ve gone more than two months without burning coal for energy, generated record levels from solar and saw the largest offshore windfarm in the world open off our shores".

The Guardian reports that an analysis has shown that "air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years", making it "the single greatest threat to human health". The paper says that the research "looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuels by vehicles and industry. It found that in many parts of the worst-affected nations – India and China – lifespans were being shortened by six years".

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