While responding to this article in the Guardian - No, Boris – spending more on London won't fix the country's economic woes. Which includes the sub-headline: London gets the lion's share of taxpayer money for health, housing and transport. Now Boris wants to blow more on the capital. But his argument is flatly wrong.
Using the figures provided by the writer, Aditya Chakrabortty, economics leader writer, I spent 10 minutes with my spreadsheet to get this....
|Yorkshire and the Humber||8||44,427||5,142,400||9%||8%|
Which I think shows that regional spending in the UK is largely in line with population. True London does get 15% of the spending with 13% of the population but then basic services cost much more than in the rest of the country. It certainly doesn't constitute the lion's share.
Now I agree with Chakrabortty that we need to spread the economy more evenly throughout the country but this kind of mendacious, statistically illiterate attack on London and Londoners while fashionable in this Olympic year is not exactly helpful.