Gap to widen between rich and poor

Press Association
Cameron and Clegg
Cameron and Clegg

The gap between the richest and poorest UK regions is set to widen under the coalition's "winner takes all" economic strategy, a report has claimed.

Government growth policies are geared to rewarding already successful areas and will hasten the decline of deprived towns and cities, according to the Work Foundation think tank. It warned of "serious social and economic" consequences unless the ministers begin to target funding at the poorest communities.