The North-South divide is not an exact line, but one that can involve many stereotypes, presumptions and other impressions of the surrounding region relative to other regions.
The existence of the North-South divide is fiercely contested. Some sources claim it exists but also that it is even expanding. For example, a report in 2001 found that North East England, North West England and Scotland had poorer health levels than South.
The same data have been interpreted otherwise to indicate only a very small difference.
Indeed, results are highly dependent on the categories chosen for evaluation. As a generalisation, the following tend to indicate that there is some sort of north-south divide:
- Health conditions, which are generally seen as being worse in the north though spending on health care is higher
- House prices, which are higher in the south, particularly the south-east.
- Earnings, which are higher in the south and east.
- Government expenditure, which is higher (both in gross terms and relative to tax revenues) in the north.
- Political influence.
However, many middle-class and affluent areas are located near Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. A report into wealth by Barclays Bank also highlighted the anomaly that the second-wealthiest parliamentary constituency after Kensington and Chelsea is actually Sheffield Hallam.
This has led some commentators to suggest that other divisions, such as class or ethnicity might be more important.
There is also controversy as to what constitutes the South given that it extends much farther horizontally than the North of the country; some commentators have placed the West Country (in this case, Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall) into a region of its own because the poverty in some of these areas is often as widepsread as it is in the North, and political support is also focused on the usually widespread Liberal Democrats.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North–South_divide_in_the_United_Kingdom
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