Government vows to balance "London-focused" Britain after election
Published on Jul 7, 2014 9:07 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Conservative-led government on Monday promised to rebalance a "London-focused" economy if it is re-elected in 2015, setting decentralisation as a key battleground in the run-up to the vote.
The coalition has been accused of ruling for the benefit of the capital, whose economy dwarfs that of other British regions, and a September referendum on Scottish independence has fuelled debate on localised rule.
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday vowed to give local authorities £5 billion (S$10.7 billion) to spend on housing, transport links and traineeships across England if he is re-elected.
"For too long our economy has been too London-focused and too centralised," Cameron said as he announced the project, which aims to improve transport links to make smaller British cities more attractive for businesses.
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