Targeted support aimed at making work pay or supporting families with children would be a wiser use of the money.
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Gavin Rice: Free from EU rules, Government contracts can be used as a tool to help struggling communities
Public bodies should award contracts to tenderers operating in regions with the most economic need.
Gavin Rice: Local pride flourishes in Hartlepool – for all the damage wrought on residents’ lives and livelihoods.
What the statistics say, and what the director of a local charity told us at the Centre for Social Justice.
Gavin Rice: The Conservative campaign in Hartlepool kicks off today. But will Johnson deliver for his new working class voters?
The calling-in of a planning application to open a coalmine at Whitehaven suggests prioritising green optics over Northern livelihoods.
Britain’s strategic over-reliance on imports leaves us exposed to Beijing, which views trade as an extension of state power.