UK regional inequality 'worst of any comparable developed country'

A claim that regional inequality in the UK "has become the worst of any comparable developed country and is growing" features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the think tank IPPR North has claimed in a study of the north-south divide that "only countries such as the much larger US, once-Communist Romania and South Korea … are more polarised in areas like health, jobs, disposable income and productivity".

Writing in The Telegraph, Mark Reynolds, chief executive of consultancy and construction company Mace, calls for the creation of a "Department for Growth to break down the silos in Whitehall and make more effective and quicker decisions so that we can get on with delivering growth-boosting projects". He says that construction firms are struggling in the face of Brexit uncertainty and calls for "more certainty and fairness" from the government.

The Times (subscription) reports that "massive and immediate cuts in carbon output are required if world temperature rises are to be limited to 2C, according to a ‘bleak’ UN assessment of the so-called global emissions gap. The paper says the UN has concluded that on current trends, temperatures will rise 3.4C to 3.9C by the end of the century. It adds that "warming on that scale will lead to a sea level rise of up to 9m (30ft), inundating coastal areas and countries such as Bangladesh".

The Times reports that "the future of one of Scotland’s most famous department stores is in jeopardy, placing hundreds of jobs at risk". The paper says that "Jenners has been a staple of Edinburgh retail since 1838 but plans have been unveiled to turn much of the building on Princes Street into a luxury hotel".

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