ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tides in American Politics

urban areas of sums up to five times the amounts that have been injected by special inner city programmes. REGIONAL INEQUALITY Meanwhile the government has been assiduously supporting further regional inequality. Its biggest influence on the location of employment actually comes through its huge defence spending pro/ gramme: this is directed almost exclusively to firms in the south-east, particularly west of London; inevitably, the rest of high technology industry has followed. The government has helped further by relaxing housing controls in the 'Green Belt' around the capital. Most recently, it has abandoned automatic investment grants for firms locating in depressed regions. Its recent overhaul of the welfare system has left millions of the poorest inner city residents worse off. Taken overall, it looks suspiciously as if the government has been assisting, not arresting, the decline of the inner cities.

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