In politics today surprises, it seems, are the order of the day. The Prime Minister’s announcement this week was a whopper. No one saw it coming, and certainly not the media which, I have to say, is somewhat gratifying.
People often think that a low income is the best indicator of poverty but it’s not the whole story. Issues of poverty can include access to decent housing, community amenities and social networks, and assets. Somebody who lacks these resources can be said to be ‘poor’ in a wider sense.
2017 must be the year in which Yorkshire agrees its own devolution deal. That was the message in an open letter to the Yorkshire Post in January, signed by some of the region’s biggest membership organisations and businesses, including the CBI, EEF and IOD. I wholeheartedly agree.